Dear Pennsbury Families,
I am writing to update you on the status of our transportation program. You may be aware that there is a nation-wide shortage of bus drivers. Unfortunately Pennsbury is not immune and we are currently in need of 19 drivers to fulfill all of our bus runs. The lack of drivers has resulted in delays and/or the combining of bus runs - particularly on the elementary level. We share your frustration and we are working hard to address these issues so our students can be transported as quickly and as safely as possible. I would like to thank our teachers and building staff members who are assisting our students while they are waiting for late buses.
Here is what we are doing to resolve this issue:
We are working diligently to recruit and train drivers (if you or someone you know is interested in being a driver for us click this link). We are also reviewing our driver salaries to remain competitive in the area. We explored contracting with outside providers; unfortunately they are also struggling.
We are reviewing each of our 125 bus and van routes to ensure efficiency. This may result in time or stop adjustments for some students. If you no longer attend one of our schools, or you know you will not use district transportation this year, please let us know (using the information below) so we can adjust our bus runs accordingly.
Next month we will be piloting a GPS alert system that will alert you when the bus is entering your neighborhood or street. If you are selected for the pilot, you will hear from our Transportation department in the next few weeks. We hope to make this service available to all families this winter. In the meantime, schools will alert you via email if buses are running late.
If you need transportation assistance, please contact: email@example.com or 215-428-4100, ext. 10076. All messages will be returned as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our drivers and transportation staff are doing their best in a difficult situation. The safe transportation of over 10,000 students is our primary concern and we are committed to doing everything we can to address this situation.
Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.