Syracuse Schools Are So Low On Bus Drivers, The District Is Changing Student Schedules
A shortage of school bus drivers is causing the Syracuse City School District to modify some class start and end times.
Superintendent Jaime Alicea announced Friday that some schools will shift their schedules beginning later this month. The company that provides the district's transportation, First Student, conducted an "aggressive recruiting campaign" that included higher pay and hiring bonuses, but its still short staffed, according to a news release from the district.
Franklin Elementary, STEAM @ Dr. King and all Syracuse city middle schools will begin modified hours on Oct. 25.
Attention, SCSD Families: Effective Monday, October 25, 2021, several schools will have start and dismissal times changed in an effort to address ongoing transportation issues.— Syracuse City School (@SyracuseSchools) October 8, 2021
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"We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some of our families; however, we believe that this option provides our families and the District with the greatest benefit for our students," Alicea said in a statement.
The new bus schedules will be communicated with students and families by Oct. 15.
Schedule adjustments will occur at the following schools:
|Brighton Academy||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Clary Middle School||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Ed Smith K-8||9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)|
|Expeditionary Learning (ELMS)||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Franklin||8:00 am – 2:00 pm|
|Frazer PreK-8||9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)|
|Grant Middle School||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Huntington K-8||9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)|
|HW Smith PreK-8||9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)|
|Lincoln Middle School||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Roberts PreK-8||9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Elem/MS)|
|STEAM @ Dr. King||8:00 am – 2:00 pm|
|STEM @ Blodgett||7:45 am – 2:00 pm|
|Syracuse Latin PreK-8||8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Elem/MS)|