Brookfield Schools Are Telling Parents About Bus Shortages All This Week
As we reported even before the start of the school year, the shortage of school bus drivers this year would wreak havoc on the transportation of students to and from their schools.
Now, Brookfield Schools have sent a notice to parents that due to the driver shortage and the governor’s vaccination mandate for the drivers, the bus service for their children may be on hiatus all this week.
According to registrecitoyen.com, the letter, which was sent to parents on Sunday, explained that there could be a service disruption this week due to the new COVID-19 vaccine order sent by Governor Ned Lamont. The order demanded that all school bus drivers be fully immunized by today (September 27).
As a result of this vaccination mandate, the company that covers Brookfield Schools, as well as many other districts in the state, is now experiencing a further reduction in its driver count.
Since the start of the school year, All Star Transportation and other school bus companies have been able to deal with the overall driver shortage, but now, with the vaccination mandate coming into effect, many drivers who were at work will no longer be able to drive without being vaccinated.
Once they can determine who has been vaccinated and can drive, the Brookfield School District will notify parents via email if certain bus routes will be affected.
The city’s school superintendent, John W. Barile, said in his letter that he expected the school district to be able to manage all routes, at least by Monday. Right now they are playing it day to day as they see the number of pilots available.
Other local school districts in the area are also experiencing the same issues, such as schools in Danbury which already have a system in place where they pay extra staff to supervise students after school while they wait for their buses. . In New Fairfield, where they have also sent a notice to parents regarding possible interruptions to school bus service, they are exploring alternative plans in case an insufficient number of drivers are allowed to drive if they haven’t already. been vaccinated.
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