‘A little inconvenient;’ Springfield parent reacts to school delay caused by bus driver shortage

SPRINGFIELD — Bus driver shortages continues to be a national and local issue, impacting districts like Springfield City Schools who were on a two-hour delay Thursday due to the shortage.

District officials told News Center 7′s Candace Price that the delay, which impacted all elementary, middle schools and Clark Preschool, was caused by drivers being sick and a shortage of substitute drivers.

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The high school and non-public schools were not impacted by the delay Thursday morning. Students would took the bus home from school Thursday did face a 30 minute delay.

Kyle Conroy, Springfield parent, said the delay was “a little inconvenient.”

“You’re hearing about staff shortages everywhere, so I guess it wasn’t a complete surprise,” Conroy said, “But it was a little surprising.”

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Conroy said he had to rearrange his work schedule to get his child to school Thursday, but said it was better than the alternative of having students return to home learning.

Still, Conroy said he hopes this issue does not continue throughout the school year.

On Thursday evening, district officials said “All Springfield City School District buildings will be operating as usual tomorrow, with no delays due to busing.”