SLVUSD mother and father shocked by district bus route suspension

Some mother and father and college students within the San Lorenzo Valley Unified Faculty District are struggling to discover a new route to high school after district officers instructed them final week that the No. 14 “Squirrel” bus could be briefly grounded, after the August 19.

“It should be an enormous deal,” Felton fourth-grader Paige Smith, who turns 10 in November, mentioned of her bus route being faraway from the SLVUSD map. “They cannot discover a driver.”

The mother and father mentioned they discovered in regards to the information final Wednesday, the day earlier than faculty began.

This follows the non permanent detention positioned on the “Swan” bus serving Ben Lomond after the motive force moved out of the world.

Paige’s grandmother, Deborah Gustavson, 72, says the route from the place they reside in Forest Lakes to the SLV campus is just too harmful to let Paige stroll.

“There isn’t a place for individuals to stroll down that street,” he mentioned.

Gustavson says that folks have been struggling to search out options.

“I do know of two households which have already pulled their youngsters out of faculty,” he mentioned. “They thought that in the event that they needed to take their youngsters to high school, they could as properly take them to a non-public faculty.”

Paige says she’s heard in regards to the two bus line outages.

“I used to be actually mad that the bus driver give up,” she mentioned. “I do not assume my faculty pays properly.”

There may be already fairly a little bit of help on campus as mother and father line as much as drop off or choose up college students, and that is anticipated to worsen with the elimination of the Squirrel bus.

“My classroom is on one facet of the college and the place they drop me off is on the opposite facet,” Paige mentioned. “I will need to run, and that is not allowed.”

She worries that generally she’s going to even be marked absent.

“We take attendance and whoever is just not right here we rely as absent,” Paige mentioned. “They need to go to the workplace.”

SLVUSD says the Squirrel bus driver tendered his resignation the week faculty began, noting that he’s solely pausing service, not canceling it.

“Discovering bus drivers is a nationwide drawback, and throughout the state, a number of faculty districts are struggling to search out employees, together with bus drivers,” mentioned Superintendent Chris Schiermeyer, including that some Santa Cruz County districts don’t provide bus service. “We perceive that because of the rural nature of our faculty boundaries and Freeway 9, it is crucial for us to keep up home-to-school transportation for our households.”

Michael’s Transportation has a contract with the district to offer bus drivers, however the firm is having bother discovering individuals to do the job, in line with SLVUSD.

“As quickly as we will rent a bus driver or rent a service supplier for a bus driver, we’ll restore bus routes,” Schiermeyer mentioned. “We’ve contacted a few those that we now have adopted up with and as soon as they apply, we’ll interview, rent and supply all the mandatory coaching for bus drivers.”

Katelyn Keller, 33, has two youngsters at SLV Constitution and two college students at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary.

“With none bus, if I used to be simply driving, it could take me three hours day by day,” he mentioned, standing on the Forest Lakes neighborhood playground after the bus picked up the children for the day. “I hope they discover a driver.”

Keller says she discovered in regards to the break within the street by means of a meet-and-greet with mother and father.

“One other dad or mum mentioned, ‘Oh no, the bus!’” he recalled. “I felt distressed.”

Stephanie Welsh, 43, has one son who finishes faculty at 2:15 p.m. and one other who finishes faculty at 3 p.m.

“The college would not present any hole assist,” he mentioned, including that the on-campus childcare possibility now not has room for additional college students. “The YMCA has been packed from day one. we’re 31St. on the ready record.”

Welsh mentioned they bought a name from the district in regards to the #14 bus, however says that does not change the truth of the state of affairs.

“I am a single mother who works full time,” she mentioned. “I haven’t got anybody else who can choose them up.”

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