Nearly 40 school bus routes, including several in the Kawarthas, cancelled for Monday due to driver shortages

Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario warns families disruptions may be a daily occurrence in coming weeks

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Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO) is advising families to have a back-up plan in place after reporting on Friday (September 11) that almost 40 bus routes to public and Catholic schools have been cancelled for Monday (September 14).

STSCO, which provides school transportation for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board, has been informed that First Student bus company will have to cancel 38 school bus routes for both morning and afternoon runs on Monday due to a bus driver shortage.

On Thursday (September 10), First Student bus company was forced to cancel six bus routes to St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Norwood, affecting 243 students, because of a driver shortage.

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The routes cancelled for Monday are listed by school on stsco.ca and are also provided below.

As bus companies across Ontario are having difficulty hiring and retaining drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, STSCO warns that bus route cancellations and delays may be a daily occurrence in the weeks ahead.

STSCO will post any disruptions on its website daily to give parents and guardians as much advance notice as possible.

Families in both Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board are asked to monitor the STSCO website in the mornings and evenings, sign up for automatic notifications, and follow @stsco_ca on Twitter for information on cancellations and delays.

PDF: Cancelled school bus routes for Monday, September 14, 2020
PDF: Cancelled school bus routes for Monday, September 14, 2020

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