Parents and guardians,
The AM bus routes for all D6 schools, K-12 is available here. The PM routes are not yet available, but will be published on our website, social media pages and via ParentSquare, as soon as First Student is able to provide the information.
District 6 recognizes the hardship caused by the late release of information on routes and times for transportation and we’re actively working with First Student to resolve the challenges and assure reliable bus routes and times for our students.
What you need to know about transportation for Tuesday, September 7th
- The bus routes and times are similar to “Pre-COVID” routes and times.
- Generally, the AM pick up window for elementary students is from 6:30am until 7:15am. Pick up time is an hour later for our Scenic and Crater Students. Students in rural areas may have pick up windows that occur earlier.
- The first few days of school are typically when routes and times are adjusted, so please be patient as busses may be later than expected.
- First Student drivers will not pass by a student who is waiting and not at a scheduled stop, but it is helpful for parents to find a nearby posted stop.
Why is the information about transportation delayed?
There are a number of challenges in transportation this year. First Student, like many businesses and organizations, is experiencing a shortage of employees including drivers. First Student staff responsible for developing the bus routes and times are new and have also faced challenges with new technology for routing and communicating routes. Finally, many D6 families have moved, resulting in significant shifts in previously established stops, times and routes.
What is the impact of the driver shortage?
Currently, First Student is short 6 drivers for D6 schools. When short drivers, First Student can sometimes combine routes and use substitute drivers whenever possible. First Student is actively seeking additional drivers, but the driver shortage is a national problem and has been for over a year. When routes are combined there will be changes to pick up and drop off times.
What can parents do?
Parents and guardians may consider walking or driving their students to school during the first few days as First Student addresses the driver shortage and fine tunes routes and times. Please give us grace as we work through this challenge. We are not alone as our neighboring districts are facing very similar circumstances.
What is District 6 doing to resolve these issues?
Currently, we’re working closely with First Student to assist in recruiting staff. D6 staff have also been providing hands-on assistance in data input and the development of district routes over the past week. Finally, District 6 is reviewing our contract with First Student and the services provided. While there is little doubt that the past 18 months have been extraordinary because of COVID and on-going labor shortages, the delay in the development of routes and communication to D6 families does not meet our standard for student transportation.