Bus driver shortage and pandemic threaten HPS transportation operations

 

Last updated 9/22/2021 at 11:42am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Jim Sisty does safety checks on his bus prior to his afternoon route. Havre Public Schools Facilities and Transportation Director Scott Filius said the district has been able to cover all of its routes and activities trips so far, but a shortage of bus drivers is a major concern.

The bus driver shortage persists nationwide as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and Havre Public Schools' transportation operations have been affected by this lack of staff, as well.

Havre Public Schools Facilities and Transportation Director Scott Filius said the district did recently hire one more driver and no events have been canceled for lack of transportation, but that has the potential to change, and they are still struggling, regardless.

Filius said they have relief drivers running routes not covered by standard drivers, so they are able to cover their routes, but it's never a goo...



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