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Bus Driver Shortage Prompts Route Changes For 4J Buses

Eugene 4J Schools

Like many school districts across the country, Eugene 4J is coping with a staffing shortage for bus drivers. The district has made adjustments as the school year begins.




Students are back to in-person full-time school this week and in addition to donning their facemasks, they may also have a longer walk to the bus stop.


“We are having to make some changes in school bus routes, have a bit more distance for students to walk in some cases to a bus stop,” Said Kerry Delf, Chief of Staff for Eugene 4J School District. 


She said the bus routes have been changed to accommodate fewer drivers. Students are encouraged to find other ways to get to school.


“The district’s Safe Routes to School coordinator can provide support with that,” Delf said. “There are some resources in the community. And there are a lot of kids that walk to school or bike to school or maybe carpool with a friend with the windows down.”


Delf says the district is hiring drivers and hopes to be more fully staffed soon. 

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