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SACS temporarily suspends some bus routes due to lack of drivers

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Some parents in Southwest Allen County Schools are frustrated the district suspended service on some bus routes the past few days, prompting them to rearrange their schedules in order to drive their students to and from schools.

The district's transportation director says many bus drivers are retired, and when the coronavirus pandemic hit many of them decided not to risk their health.

On top of those employees missing, others sometimes have to quarantine for 14 days because of a COVID-19 exposure to their families.

And then the unexpected can happen, like a driver who just called in because of a death in the family.

"We have secretaries that have their license to drive so some of our secretaries will drive, we have mechanics that are licensed to drive and so they'll have to go out and drive. But once you run out of your back up people, you get to a situation where you can't run certain routes," Steve Lake said.

School bus drivers are required to be trained, tested, and licensed by the state, and Southwest Allen adds more training on top of that.

If you're looking for a job that requires morning and afternoon hours and pays an average of $95 a day plus full benefits and potential overtime, Southwest Allen is advertising 20 job openings for bus drivers right now.

Call the district's HR department at 260-431-2050 for more information.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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