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RPS anticipates transportation challenges amid rising COVID cases

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Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 3:12 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester Public Schools (RPS) are anticipating transportation challenges with a shortfall of drivers and school buses because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

A letter sent to RPS families Friday stated that at this time RPS can successfully operate all of the bus and van routes for students. However, as COVID numbers rise, it faces a shortage of drivers to operate the buses and vans.

RPS have already utilized all of it’s substitute drivers, and as a result it may need to alter bus and van route times where students may experience delays in pick-up and drop-off times.

RPS will continue to utilize it’s Skyalert message system during this time with email, text, and/or calls to families regarding late vans or buses or any alterations to the routes.

“The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are aware conditions in the winter are sometimes less than ideal, and we do not want our students waiting at a bus stops beyond their scheduled times.”

RPS is asking parents/caregivers to call or email it’s office if they are assigned a bus route but do not use the transportation service, so they can be removed from the roster to help with routing. RPS families can contact RPS by emailing transportation@rochesterschools.org or by calling (507) 328-4260.

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