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Be Prepared: Bus Driver Shortage Impacting SoWashCo Schools This Fall

Be Prepared: Bus Driver Shortage Impacting SoWashCo Schools This Fall

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is facing a bus driver shortage that could potentially result in cancellations or delays for bus routes in the mornings and afternoons. If this occurs, families would be notified by phone and text, with as much notice as possible. 

We are asking for your assistance:

  • Create a plan to get your child to or from school in the event you are notified of a morning or afternoon route cancellation
    • A route cancellation occurs when no drivers are available
  • Ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather in the event of a route delay in the morning or after school
    • A route delay occurs when a bus driver completes their regular route and then has enough time to complete another route that does not have a driver

Should a bus cancellation occur at the end of the day, please have plans in place to pick up your child as soon as possible.  Staff will remain to supervise students until each child is picked up. 

We continue to recruit new drivers and have excellent benefits. Pay starts at $20.40 an hour and increases to $22.90/hr after 75 days of employment. Please click here to learn more and apply.

We understand bus delays and cancellations impact families. We pride ourselves on providing safe and efficient transportation for students and apologize that we are in this situation.