Roughly 3,300 Chicago Public Faculties college students stranded by a steep scarcity of bus drivers this fall has fueled a slate of alternate transportation choices aimed toward safely shuttling children to and from college every day, CPS officers stated Wednesday.
A dearth of college bus drivers in Illinois and throughout the U.S. hit a breaking level within the metropolis final month when a wave of driver resignations from personal busing contractors prompted the cancellation of bus service for 1000’s of scholars, leaving households scrambling on the primary day of college.
Lindy McGuire, the district’s interim chief working officer, stated 97% of scholars affected by the bus driver scarcity have attended college, and officers have begun one other spherical of calls focusing on households whose youngsters aren’t in class.
“We’re working with them individually to beat obstacles they face in getting required companies,” McGuire stated at Wednesday’s Board of Training assembly.
“We’ve not eliminated our foot off the gasoline in figuring out mitigation methods,” McGuire stated.
The alternate transportation choices are being supplied with the aim of prioritizing college students with numerous studying wants, CPS’ government director of scholar transportation, Kimberly Jones stated.
As well as, CPS is providing monetary reimbursement to households transporting their youngsters to high school, with the primary batch of checks issued final week, Jones stated.
CPS can be hiring personal taxi cab firms to move 120 college students, who will probably be accompanied by bus aides, in addition to utilizing vans that may carry eight to 10 folks to move one other 75 college students, she stated.
In the meantime, officers are additionally nonetheless attempting to recruit college bus drivers by providing monetary incentives, together with signing bonuses, Jones stated.