Bus driver shortage cancels some high school routes Monday in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. – Suffolk Public Schools’ bus problems continue Monday as bus driver absences occur for a second day.

Nearly 4,500 students were absent Friday after half of the city’s 135 school bus drivers called out sick to show unhappiness with their wages.

On Monday morning, Suffolk Public Schools reported 26 high school routes were canceled due to continued bus driver absences. School officials say 32 bus drivers called out.

Two middle school routes were canceled, as well as one elementary route. Student’s absences are excused if they are assigned to a canceled route.

Drivers who reported to work Monday will be paid $50 for each extra run they covered.

The following high school routes are affected:

King’s Fork High

  • 004/104
  • 010/110
  • 019/119
  • 021/121
  • 025/125
  • 029/129
  • 031/131
  • 033/133
  • 036/136

Lakeland High

  • 003/103
  • 012/112
  • 018/118
  • 020/120
  • 023/123
  • 027/127

 Nansemond River High

  • 001/101
  • 004/104
  • 005/105
  • 007/107
  • 008/108
  • 009/109
  • 013/113
  • 015/115
  • 019/119
  • 020/120
  • 022/122

If your child’s bus will be late, you will receive an automated phone call and text message as usual. If you do not know your child’s bus route number, please click here to send an email with your children’s names. Someone will try to get that information to you shortly.

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