School bus driver shortage leads to community bus stops for Emmett O’Brien Technical High, Platt Tech students

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SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH)– The shortage of school bus drivers continues to present a challenge throughout the state, but there’s a new way of getting children in the Ansonia, Milford, and Seymour areas to school on time.

It’s called community bus stops. A community bus stop means students will no longer be picked up and dropped off in front of their homes.

Transportation officials are calling this a temporary fix. The affected schools are Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia and Platt Tech in Milford.

“We are working diligently to resolve the bus shortage and coming together and working out a better plan moving forward,” said Susan Compton, Superintendent of Seymour Public Schools.

The ongoing school bus driver shortage is to blame for this problem, according to school officials. Transportation officials sat during the pandemic they lost 150 drivers. Although some drivers returned, the company is still down about 90 drivers.

“A lot of our drivers went to companies that had a booming business. UPS, FedEx, and they stayed there,” said Patt Boyle, transportation liaison.

Parents recently received a letter detailing the loss of community stops and an apology for the inconvenience.

Officials say their goal is to get more students back and forth to their out-of-district schools.

“We’ve had some parents who are upset and I totally understand why they’re upset with the change of going to community bus stops.  But I can tell you that this is only temporary for a few more days. Hopefully next week we can go back and students will be picked up at their homes,” Compton said.

Here are 11 community stops to make sure students get to school and back home.

  • 6:15 Chatfield-LoPresti School
  • 6:20 Rocky’s Deli – Pearl & Maple
  • 6:25 Seymour Board of Ed – Bank and Martha
  • 6:30 Seymour Evangelical Baptist Church- 104 Mountain Road
  • 6:35 Seymour Middle School
  • 6:40 Bungay School
  • 6:45 Seymour Community Center
  • 6:48 Moss Ave Park- Sochrin’s Pond
  • 6:50 Gabby’s Auto Body- 634 South Main
  • 7:00 Emmett O’Brien
  • 7:20 Platt Tech

Emmett O’Brien Techincal High School is closed on Wednesday for Professional Development day.

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