In a statement, BPS says 57% of students who take school buses got to school on time today, despite a widely publicized shortage of drivers, up from 43% in the last normal start to the school year in 2019. Some 85% of bused kids arrived within 15 minutes of the start of their school days and 96% made it within 30 minutes.
BPS will continue working to provide our families with prompt, reliable transportation to ensure that all students arrive at school and back to their homes safely and in a timely manner.
On Twitter, some parents reported a smooth start to the day, but others, not so much - with a number saying drivers were reporting getting stuck in traffic. One Charlestown parent had to drive down to Boston Latin School in the Longwood Medical Area this afternoon when the bus to that neighborhood just didn't show up.
Most Boston Latin School students have to take the T to school, but BPS makes an exception for Charlestown students for whom it provides a bus - just not this afternoon. A parent reports he had to drive down the school after his kid came out and there just wasn't a bus.
The bus to Charlestown was a no show so we came and will take as many as possible in our cars.