Bus Update

Dear Parents:

I would like to thank all of our school community members for your patience with the first week of transportation.

The district is currently short on bus drivers, so we had to combine some of our routes. All of our bus drivers are becoming more familiar with their new routes and the new transportation routing system. Our pick up and drop off times have been getting better. We will continue to work very hard on increasing our route time efficiency this week. All of our buses are leaving the garage at the same time as last school year, with the exception of Bus 4. Our drivers have a lot of ground to cover reaching all of Oberlin boundaries.

Bus 4 will continue to have an early start time in the AM due to the bus driver shortage. Once we acquire a new bus driver, we will have Bus 4 leave at a later time in the morning. We will notify parents when this change occurs. If you know of any one interested in driving a bus for Oberlin City Schools, please have them call our Transportation department at 776-4555.

The district will review all transportation request forms this week: Alternate Drop Off / Pick Up Location and Bus Space Availability Forms. If you are interested in acquiring one of these forms, we have them at our Board of Education office (153 North Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074). Our district prides itself on bus safety, we need to make sure that our buses are at a safe capacity level before approving any request.

The Eastwood to Prospect Bus Shuttle leaves Eastwood Elementary at 8:00. Students will need to arrive by 7:55.

Bus 4 driver had an emergency and was unable to driver her route this morning. I was notified early this morning at 5:45 AM. I immediately woke five Superintendents/Transportation Coordinators up this morning in surrounding districts and contacted First Student for driver support. However, they were in the same situation. The Bus Driver shortage is a state concern. My staff reported to work early to make phone calls to parents, drive Bus 4 route in their vehicles to check on students, and our principals came in early to open their buildings so parents can drop students off early if needed. We will always notify our parents as soon as we can when we have a bus situation. We are still not sure about Bus 4 for tomorrow. However, we do know that our neighboring districts do not have any extra drivers for tomorrow.

I would like to thank EVERYONE in our school community for working together as a team to assist in taking your child to and from school today. The district appreciates your support and patience. I am so proud to be a Phoenix and part of the Oberlin community.

Dr. David Hall