SLPS closes bus routes to 8 schools due to driver shortage

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis Public Schools are temporarily suspending bus routes to eight of their schools because the district is struggling to hire qualified drivers.

“Despite our best efforts and those of our transportation partner, Missouri Central, the company has not been able to hire, train and certify enough drivers to handle all eligible students for transportation in our district,” said SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams in a statement Monday.

The district’s bus program serves approximately 16,500 riders. Removing the eight schools from the program — six of the district’s larger high schools and two elementary schools — will impact 3,450 students and their families.

Adams identified the eight schools Monday afternoon.

  • Central Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA)
  • Collegiate School of Medical and Bioscience (CSMB)
  • Gateway STEM
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Sumner High School
  • The Vashon High School
  • Betty Wheeler Classical Junior Academy
  • Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction

The district will provide MetroLink bus passes or fuel cards to high school students and their families. Parents of elementary school students may be eligible for mileage reimbursement of up to $75 per week. Refunds are issued every Friday, Adams said. However, perfect attendance is required for all families of elementary or high school students to receive a gas card. SLPS closes bus routes to 8 schools due to driver shortage

Sarah Y. Kim

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