School bus drivers in high demand in Scappoose
School students in the Scappoose School District will have to adjust their schedules when school officially starts.
In a letter written to students, staff, parents and members of the community, Superintendent Tim Porter said there is a shortage of bus drivers.
In the letter, Porter states, "The company we contract with for transportation (Durham Bus Company) has informed us that they are struggling to find enough bus drivers to cover all of the routes that we would need to transport students to and from school."
Porter said in the letter, which was dated Aug. 27, that the district has been working with the bus company and has come up with a solution that will require some changes to students' typical start and end times.
The district has announced start and release times for each building.
Warren Elementary will start at 7:50 a.m. Monday through Friday with release scheduled at 2:20 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Release time Wednesday will be 1:05 p.m.
For Grant Watts Elementary, start time will be 7:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, with release time 1:10 p.m. Wednesday and 2:25 p.m. the other days.
For Otto Petersen Elementary, start time will be 7:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, with release time 1:10 p.m. Wednesday and 2:25 p.m. the other days.
Scappoose Middle School will begin 8:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, with release time 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 3:45 p.m. the other days of the week.
For Scappoose High School, start time will be 8:55 a.m. Monday through Friday, with release time 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday and 3:50 p.m. the other days of the week.
Porter also said the district will very likely need parents to transport their athletes to and from athletic contests during the school week until such time that enough bus drivers have been hired. The district will need parents to fill out a form that allows them to transport students or for them to transport themselves to athletic contests.
There is no information from the district on how long the bus driver shortage will last.
You can read the full letter, and access to links, on the district's Facebook page.
The St. Helens School District isn't facing the same situation.
A district official responded to questions from the Spotlight Tuesday, Aug. 31, saying, "At this time, our district has had no impact on our student transportation schedule. We continue to monitor the situation and will make the necessary adjustments should the need arise."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.