ACPS continues to face school bus driver shortages
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There is still a school bus driver shortage that is affecting many families within Albemarle County.
Albemarle County Public Schools spokesperson Phil Giaramita says these shortages will likely continue for a while.
On Monday, word came out about a school bus that was delayed for more than an hour for morning pick-up in western Albemarle County.
The issue is simple: ACPS is currently dealing with about 20 open routes that don't have a permanently assigned driver.
"And so that is what is causing the delay. Children on the open route have to wait for the first driver to complete their run and then they are picked up after that. And it’s causing delays in some cases 15 or 20 minutes, some cases an hour, some cases even longer than that," said Giaramita.
Giaramita says the division is making progress. Four bus drivers are now finishing their training and will be on the routes shortly.
There will then be four more drivers entering the same training in a couple of weeks.
He says this will help but they're still short about 12 drivers.