We checked in with the Lafayette Parish School System today to see how the first day of school started.
Chief Administrative Officer Joe Craig said that, for the most part, things ran smoothly.
However, there still were some issues with transportation. Craig said most of the issues he heard about were related to students living in newer subdivisions who weren’t on the bus roster. He said he told drivers to let children on the bus if they were headed to the school the bus was headed to.
Another issue is one that continues – a shortage of bus drivers. About 7-8 bus drivers have resigned within the last couple of weeks, some of them without giving notice, he said.
Craig said the system has several trainees who are almost finished with their training and he hopes to have them driving a bus soon.
Craig said the drivers he has spoken with say they are leaving to take jobs with private transportation companies, where they can make more money.
Craig encouraged parents with transportation issues to continue to call the transportation department and the hotline (521-7433). If you can’t get through, he asks parents to send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will try to find a solution for you.