School officials say too many bus drivers decided not to show up to work today, forcing BPS and its bus operator to call in other bus companies, assign supervisors to bus routes and work with the MBTA to provide free rides on that system for students.
Although the bulk of BPS students report for school next week, BPS today promised school-bus rides to students at two in-district charter schools, 13 other charter schools and 11 special education programs. A spokesman says:
2,977 students were scheduled for yellow buses this AM; buses for 392 of these did not run.
In a statement, BPS says:
This is unacceptable to us and is unacceptable to our students and families, who count on having a reliable ride to school.
The local school bus driver's union, BPS and Veolia, which has the contract to operate school buses, have been feuding for a couple of years now over various issues.