Pine Bush schools to open Tuesday amid school bus driver shortage
The Pine Bush School District is expected to open Tuesday after being closed Monday because of a bus driver shortage.
Schools were also closed on Friday.
The district says that all bus routes have been reconfigured to accommodate children for school.
In a letter home to parents, School Superintendent Tim Mains called on current staff members who may be interested in getting their commercial driver license for bus driver training to come forward to help.
Mains says he's working with state Sens. James Skoufis and Mike Martucci to accelerate Department of Motor Vehicle approval for potential drivers.
Sens. James Skuofis and Mike Martucci say in their districts – Rockland, Orange and Ulster counties – the DMV has agreed to lower wait times for CDL road tests from weeks to days to help get new drivers trained and on the road.
State lawmakers are also urging the Department of Education to authorize emergency procedures, making it easier for school districts to hire a new bus company in situations like this.
Mains says that hopefully the district can transition the temporary fix back to the regular school schedule within the next six weeks.
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