PEORIA and LITCHFIELD, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — It'll be tougher for some parents in the West Valley to get their kids to school for the rest of this week and the weeks to come. Two school districts -- Peoria Unified and Litchfield Elementary -- are making changes to their bus routes because of serious staffing shortages.
Peoria Unified School District
The Peoria Unified School District said it is canceling 10 bus routes on Thursday and Friday because there aren't enough bus drivers. The move impacts 11 elementary schools and five high schools. Click here for the full list. The move doesn't include special education buses or academic buses.
PUSD said if a child is late to school on either of those mornings because of canceled bus routes, it'll be an excused tardy. To help, cafeterias will be open one hour before school starts to help take in kids early and one hour after the school day ends for late parent pick-up. Students who get to school early can have a free breakfast.
The district also said schools may allow a student to learn virtually if they can't get to school because of the canceled bus routes. Those details were be addressed at each school.
- Elementary schools
- Sun Valley
- Sky View
- Zuni Hills
- Desert Harbor
- Paseo Verde
- Country Meadows
- Coyote Hills
- Marshall Ranch
- High schools
- Sunrise Mountain
Litchfield Elementary School District
In a similar situation, the Litchfield Elementary School District is making long-term changes to its school bus routes. "We've reluctantly revised our transportation services in order to maximize efficiency," the district said in a letter to families. The revisions go into effect Monday, Sept. 27.
The first change is an expanded walk boundary -- from 1 mile to 2 miles. That means families living within 2 miles of the school will be responsible for getting their students to and from campus. The other change is the combination or elimination of bus stops and routes.
"We understand the inconvenience of these revisions, and sincerely thank you for your support as we navigate the challenge of this staffing shortage," the district said. To alleviate the shortage, the district is hosting a job fair for potential bus driver Oct. 4-5.
- Belen Soto Elementary School
- Dreaming Summit Elementary School
- Litchfield Elementary School
- Mabel Padgett Elementary School
- Palm Valley Elementary School
- Scott L. Libby Elementary School
- Verrado Elementary School
- Verrado Middle School
- Western Sky Middle School
- Wigwam Creek Middle School