Metro Schools warns of delays as it seeks to fill 143 bus driver positions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Classes resume Tuesday for Metro students after fall break, and school officials are warning of potential bus delays.

Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown sent an email to parents that said the school system has had an unforeseen amount of bus driver vacancies in recent weeks.

The district currently has 143 open driver positions compared to just 55 at the start of the year.

For comparison, about 600 buses run every day in the district’s neighborhoods.

Bus routes have been consolidated and substitute drivers are being used until new drivers are recruited and trained.

At this time, all employees with a commercial driver’s license and a clean driving record have been asked to drive a bus. This includes supervisors, mechanics, and trainers.

The district warns that some students may have a longer wait at the bus stop while others may spend a longer amount of time on the bus.

If you’re a parent or guardian with questions or concerns, you can call 615-259-4636.

Click here to read more from Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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