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Bixby Public Schools set to close Wednesday as district deals with bus driver shortage

Posted at 7:27 AM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-02 16:43:52-04

BIXBY, Okla. — Bixby parents need to make arrangements for their kids Wednesday. The district announced all schools will be closed due to a shortage of bus drivers.

The district sent out a text to parents around 7:50 Monday night saying all schools are closed and there will not be a virtual learning day.

Instead, the district will be using the day to train staff.

The transportation department is down eight drivers due to a combination of “medical and personal issues.”

In the note to parents, Bixby Public Schools says they are using the day to train drivers to handle additional routes and prepare for an alternate bus schedule over the next two weeks.

Tuesday, the district had to call on all employees with commercial driver's licenses to help get kids to and from school today. While the students are out Wednesday, the district plans to train current and fill-in bus drivers on an adjusted route system. It will be limited and the districts want to caution parents about what the district is calling “rolling blackouts” on their bus routes. Some bus routes will not be operating on certain days of the week starting Thursday through next Friday.

To learn about the alternate bus routes, CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, the district is seeking additional bus drivers. Wages start at $15 an hour and go up to $17 depending on experience. It's full-time with benefits.

To learn more CLICK HERE.

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