Cranston School District faces bus driver shortage on first day of school

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Students in Cranston are heading back into the classroom Tuesday, but because of a bus driver shortage, some may have trouble getting there.

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The Cranston School District posted to their website asking parents for help to get kids to school. Officials also said this might mean delays for some students getting home.

School officials stated the issue is not specific to Cranston, but a nationwide problem in the transportation industry.

“While there are no longer capacity limitations based on COVID protocols, staffing shortage is causing this problem.”

In that post, they stated Elementary School students in particular may arrive home later than usual. They also stated that they may need to double up on bus runs, which means other students also may arrive home later than usual.

The district also asking for help from parents, stating, “We recommend that anyone who is able to transport their child to and from school, to please do so.”

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