Posted Date: 11/19/2020
Starting Thursday (today), Union Public Schools won't be able to bus children to campus through the end of the week due to staffing issues.
The district says 45% of its transportation department is quarantined.
A rise in COVID-19 cases at Union Public Schools is stopping its fleet of buses from running the rest of this week, leaving parents, like Megan Rochelle, without transportation for their children.
"It's understandable, but then again, I think, my kid won't be able to go," Rochelle said.
The single mother says her vehicle is broken and she relies on the bus for her kids.
Her seventh grader is in distance learning and her fourth-grader is in person.
"To tell her we won't have class tomorrow due to a bus issue, she can't really understand that," said Rochelle.
"We are always needing drivers, this week it's just caught up with us," said Chris Payne, spokesperson for the district.
The decision could likely impact at least 2,500 students.
"In the event that their students are not here, they will be counted absent, it's just that this is a rare place we find ourselves," said Payne.
School officials say this is the first time in Union's history they won't be able to bring kids to campus. Continue reading/see video