FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A bus driver shortage has caused Fort Wayne Community Schools to designate Thursday as an e-learning day for two of its schools.
Northrop High School and Lincoln Elementary are the affected schools due to a bus driver shortage.
We had numerous bus drivers out for various reasons, and that caused a challenge for transportation. We looked at efficiencies and the best way to transport students, and it was decided to put Lincoln Elementary and Northrop High School on e-learning so we can get the most students to school.Scott Murray, communications manager of FWCS
An email from FWCS indicates that teachers should report to their buildings and instructions for students will be posted on Schoology.
An FWCS spokesperson said about 10 drivers called off Thursday, and the district is working to get more bus drivers on board to add to the current number of about 110 drivers.
Like all school districts, Fort Wayne Community Schools is facing a challenge with the bus driver situation. We’re doing all we can to incentivize and increase pay to get more people here… we’re doing all we can to ensure that we get more bus drivers here so when people are out we have the ability to cover routes.Scott Murray, communications manager of FWCS
That includes a $5,000 bonus to people who join FWCS who currently have a CDL.
The bus driver shortage for the morning routes should not affect the routes for students being taken home from school. Families can sign up for ParentSquare to stay up to date on transportation.