Appeals to families in city schools begin after bus service disrupted

Families in the city of Baltimore affected by an unexpected bus service disruption can expect to receive phone calls from school officials. The action follows the dismissal of a major bus vendor serving more than 1,600 students. The Baltimore City School District has been working since last Friday to cover more than 50 bus routes and to do so by the time students return from spring break next week. The surprise decision caught parents off guard after the school system canceled its contract with Reliable Transportation for failing to meet key bus and employee standards. | RELATED: Baltimore School District Cancels Contract With Bus Company Over Safety ConcernsSince then, the district has turned to other vendors to help pick up students. Last Friday, Baltimore City Schools Director of Operations Lynette Washington made a promise to parents, “We hope to communicate this to all families before spring break ends. To let them know, so they can understand what their options are. Personal phone calls to notify parents of bus route changes will be released from school system headquarters the rest of this week and on weekends. Like other school systems in the state, the city of Baltimore faced a critical shortage of bus drivers. A job fair over the summer was organized to attract new employees. A school spokesperson said at least a dozen Reliable Transportation drivers could already be added to the payroll. They admit that this may not solve the long-term challenge of picking up students and getting them to school on time. If parents do not receive a phone call from the school system regarding bus service, it could mean that their child’s bus route will remain the same. .

Families in the city of Baltimore affected by an unexpected bus service disruption can expect to receive phone calls from school officials.

The action follows the dismissal of a major bus vendor serving more than 1,600 students.

The Baltimore City School District has been working since last Friday to cover more than 50 bus routes and have it done by the time students return from spring break next week.

The surprise move caught parents off guard after the school system canceled its contract with Reliable Transportation for failing to meet key bus and employee standards.

| RELATED: Baltimore school district cancels contract with bus company over safety concerns

Since then, the district has turned to other vendors to help pick up students.

Last Friday, Baltimore City Schools Director of Operations Lynette Washington made a promise to parents, “We hope to communicate this to all families before spring break ends. To let them know, so they can understand what their options are.

Personal phone calls to notify parents of bus route changes will be coming out of school system headquarters the rest of this week and on weekends.

Like other school systems in the state, the city of Baltimore faced a critical shortage of bus drivers. A job fair over the summer was organized to attract new employees.

A school spokesperson said at least a dozen Reliable Transportation drivers could already be added to the payroll. They admit that may not solve the long-term challenge of picking up students and getting them to school on time.

If parents do not receive a phone call from the school system regarding bus service, it could mean that their child’s bus route will remain the same.

Melvin Z. Madore