September 8, 2020 Communication for Families
School Bus Driver Shortages
Like many districts throughout the province, the Public Education systems in Huron and Perth counties are experiencing Bus Driver Shortages. This impacts school bus services coordinated by the Huron Perth Student Transportation Services (HPSTS) for the schools in both Avon Maitland District School Board and Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.
School Bus Operators have shared that, despite active recruitment in the area, they are looking for approximately 40 school bus drivers across the two counties. This means that families should expect some days of school bus cancellations until the Bus Operators can fully staff these vacant positions. Cancellations will take place within a School Bus Operator region, and will rotate among the routes within that region.
Note: At this time, all regions in the two counties will be impacted. Further updates will be provided in the coming weeks. Schools will not be closed due to School Bus Driver Shortages, so we ask that families have a backup transportation plan.
Communication of Cancellations
Cancellations will be posted here on the HPSTS website as soon as possible, and in rare cases this may not be until the morning of. Families should monitor the website often to confirm their bus is running. Route cancellations for driver shortages will not be broadcast via the local media at this time, however weather delays or cancellations will.
New Communication Tool!
HPSTS is happy to share the release of a new, direct to family communication tool, called the BusPlanner Delays App. This free tool, used by most school boards in the province, allows for real-time communication from Bus Operators to families. Once registered, families and school communities will receive direct, instant communication regarding bus cancellations or delays. Watch for registration information coming soon!
Thank you for your understanding while we work to solve our bus driver shortage issue.
School Bus Driver Recruitment
Interested in becoming a School Bus Driver in Huron or Perth County? Please contact one of the following Bus Operator companies:
Elliott Coach Lines
First Student Canada Inc.
Montgomery Bus Lines
Murphy Bus Lines
Newry Coach Lines Ltd.