With the start of school just days away, almost every school district in the Twin Cities is facing a school bus driver shortage. First Student, which runs 20 percent of all school buses in the state, said it needs 100 drivers as soon as possible. But before parents panic, First Student said do not worry. The company said children will get to school on time and buses won’t be overcrowded.
The first day of school is always hectic for students, but it became hectic in St. Paul for parents, too. Dozens of bus routes were 20 minutes late or more in the morning and then again later in the afternoon.
This Monday marks the first day back in the classroom for thousands of kids in the Twin Cities. It’s the first day of school in Minneapolis.
Parents and bus drivers are going to take their fight against the possibility of privatized busing to school board members in Robbinsdale.