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District moving to pre-announced changes of bus routes

Although Fayette County Public Schools has hired 19 new full-time bus drivers and five additional substitute drivers since the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the district continues to face staffing shortages each day. This ongoing challenge has left FCPS without enough drivers to cover the scheduled routes and forced the unprecedented step of canceling or delaying service for some students. 

Beginning Oct. 4, FCPS will follow a pre-announced schedule of bus cancellations and delays, which should give families more time to make alternate plans for getting their children to school. This rotation will also ensure that the same routes are not affected repeatedly. FCPS will send reminder emails, calls, and text messages to the affected families. Web visitors can also find the schedule of changes online.

The week that your bus route does not run, families should try to find another way for their child to get to school. If they are unable to make other arrangements for transportation, the child’s absence will be excused. Note: If a morning bus route is canceled, it is canceled for that week only.

If an afternoon bus route is delayed, transportation will be available at 4:45 p.m. after other routes are completed and additional drivers are available. Families can choose to find a different way home for their children if they prefer.

Contact: District spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall, (859) 699-1441

(Revised Oct. 4; posted Sept. 27, 2021)