UPDATE: School bus driver shortage in Pulaski County delays some afternoon routes for the rest of the week

New River Valley News

UPDATE 12:34 p.m.: Pulaski County Public Schools says that not only will students from three schools be dropped off at least an hour late Tuesday afternoon, but students from two of those schools will arrive home at least an hour late for the rest of the week amid a bus driver shortage.

According to the district, Pulaski Elementary School students who ride bus 53 in the afternoons will jump on the second run for bus 52, which means they will get back home about one hour later than usual on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Meanwhile, Pulaski County Middle School and Pulaski County High School students who ride the bus 53 afternoon route will instead ride bus 44 on Tuesday, resulting in a 60 to 90 minute delay in their arrival time.

In addition, school officials say that Pulaski County Middle School students who ride bus 6 to get home will ride bus 90 home for the rest of the week, which will push back their usual arrival time by 60 to 90 minutes.

As for Pulaski County High School students who use bus 6 in the afternoons, those students will spend the remainder of the week using bus 47 to get home, delaying their arrival by 60 to 90 minutes.


PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Amid a shortage of school bus drivers, the Tuesday morning pickup time for students at three Pulaski County public schools will be delayed by more than an hour.

According to Pulaski County Public Schools, the morning routes for bus 53 will be approximately 90 minutes late picking up students for Pulaski Elementary School, Pulaski County Middle School, and Pulaski County High School on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

School officials say that bus 52 will be running these routes after finishing its regular Tuesday morning runs.

The district plans to announce later in the day how the evening routes will be affected.

This news comes after Pulaski County Public Public Schools announced several bus routes would be running at least 30 minutes late on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Wednesday, Sept. 22 because of a lack of drivers.

Then, all schools in the district operated virtually on Friday, Sept. 24 due to a shortage of both bus drivers and staff members

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