Updated: October 25, 2021 09:36 PM
Created: October 25, 2021 07:19 PM
MEA was extended by a day for students in Hill City.
The district canceled school Monday due to a "lack of transportation." Like so many places, bus driver staffing was already tight, and Superintendent Pat Rendle said illnesses and other factors meant today, they couldn't cover the normal routes.
"We just needed today to find out if a couple of people were kind of going to get cleared, if a couple people got healthier, and more importantly, get our plan together for what would happen on Tuesday," Rendle said.
He said that no matter what, they were planning to have school Tuesday, even if parents had to bring their own kids in. But as of Monday afternoon, he said the buses would be operating.
"We've learned to live in the moment. So as of this moment, we're good to go for tomorrow," Rendle said. "But like I said, our community has been really patient with us and our staff has been working really hard."
Hill City has four bus routes. Rendle said normally they have four drivers and a fifth who can jump in when needed. Students have been going to school fully in-person.
"We hate to have to cancel. And we haven't. In Hill City, this is the first time that we've had to do this. We had to do it one time last year because of the kitchen. So we needed to go one day just to find people that would come in and make some meals," he said.
Rendle feels they have good incentives to hire bus drivers, but like so many districts, they just can't seem to get the help they need.
"Have we tried? Absolutely. But they're just not there," he said.
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