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JCPS cancels dozens of bus routes Monday due to no-show drivers

School bus with stop sign extended
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School buses line up outside of The Academy @ Shawnee on the first day of school for Jefferson County Public Schools.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials canceled more than 100 bus routes Monday because dozens of bus drivers called out. By Monday morning, a total 143 drivers had called out sick.

Schools are not canceled despite the district-wide bus driver sickout.

The drivers are calling out sick to protest long hours, overcrowded buses and logistical challenges that have plagued the state’s largest district since the year’s first day of school.

Scores of drivers also called out sick on Friday, which led to delayed routes — but no cancellations.

“Typically, we delay routes,” said Carolyn Callahan, a district spokesperson, in an email Sunday night. “But with the increase in drivers not showing up for work, the safest and best option is to proactively cancel these routes.”

By late Sunday, 85 drivers had called out sick. Usually, about 40 drivers call out sick on Mondays, Callahan said.

She said district officials expected the number of sick calls to increase by Monday morning.

District officials alerted families Sunday night of the initial cancellations. Students who cannot get to school Monday will have an excused absence.

In an early morning email Monday, Callahan said an additional 58 drivers had called out of work.

“We are canceling more bus routes. Families and schools are being notified,” she wrote.

“We are disappointed that so many drivers have made the decision to not show up for work today as the people this hurts the most are our students.”

Monday was initially scheduled to be a non-instructional day for students, but the Jefferson County Board of Education opted to use it as a makeup day after the transportation debacle at the beginning of the year led to a week of missed classes.

Students are out of school Tuesday for Election Day.

Here’s a list of the canceled buses and their compounds:

  • Burks 2115
  • Burks 2026
  • Burks 1718
  • Burks 1247
  • Burks 1515
  • Burks 1310
  • SNE 2009
  • SNE 1810
  • SNE 1503
  • Hoke 1607
  • Hoke 1930
  • Hoke 2032
  • SNW 0918
  • SNW 0922
  • SNW 1111
  • SNW 1113
  • SNW 1504
  • SNW 1505
  • SNW 1101
  • SNW 1704
  • SNW 1419
  • SNW 1401
  • SNW 1301
  • Hoke 1728
  • Hoke 1522
  • Hoke 1836
  • J-Town 1855
  • J-Town 1765
  • J-Town 1261
  • J-Town 2040
  • J-Town 1854
  • J-Town 1939
  • J-Town 1262
  • J-Town 1264
  • J-Town 1853
  • J-Town 1941
  • J-Town 1531
  • J-Town 2042
  • J-Town 1764
  • J-Town 1309
  • J-Town 1530
  • J-Town 2044
  • J-Town 2039
  • J-Town 1258
  • Jacob 2075
  • Blankenbaker 1051
  • Blankenbaker 1812
  • Blankenbaker 1708
  • Blankenbaker 2080
  • Detrick 2070
  • Blue Lick 1340
  • Blue Lick 1921
  • Blue Lick 2021
  • Blue Lick 2022
  • Wilhoit 1191
  • Wilhoit 1957
  • Detrick 1436
  • Detrick 1830
  • Blue Lick 1328
  • Burks 1826
  • Detrick 1969
  • Burks 1176
  • Detrick 1832
  • Blue Lick 2101
  • Burks 2025
  • Burks 2023
  • Nichols 1079
  • Nichols 1964
  • Jacob 2036
  • Lees Lane 1180
  • Lees Lane 1753
  • Lees Lane 1754
  • Jacob 1742
  • Lees Lane 1614
  • Jacob 1603
  • Moore 1187
  • Moore 1177
  • Moore 1271
  • Moore 1950
  • Moore 1280
  • Moore 1189
  • Moore 2053
  • Moore 2052
  • Hoke 1728
  • Hoke 1927
  • Hoke 1929
  • Hoke 1608
  • Hoke 1439
  • Hoke 1182
  • Hoke 1834
  • Hoke 2205
  • Hoke 1929
  • Blue Lick 2018
  • Lees Lane 1617
  • Lees Lane 1747
  • Detrick 1339
  • Blankenbaker 1283
  • Blankenbaker 1238
  • Blankenbaker 1163
  • Blankenbaker 1172
  • Blankenbaker 2016

This story has been updated.

Support for this story was provided in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund.

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Jacob Ryan is the managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative reporting. He's an award-winning investigative reporter who joined LPM in 2014. Email Jacob at jryan@lpm.org.
Jess Clark is LPMs Education and Learning Reporter. Email Jess at jclark@lpm.org.

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