Horry County Schools students could be getting dropped off and picked up later than usual as the district grapples with a shortage of bus drivers.
The district is about 94 drivers short of its typical 450 bus drivers, according to district spokesperson Lisa Bourcier. As a result, delays to the bus schedules have been reported across the county.
In some parts of the county, arrival times have been pushed back by 30 minutes, according to social media posts from bus offices throughout the area. Different bus offices for different parts of the district have been posting near-daily updates on social media pages to keep parents posted on their students’ delays.
The district has been merging routes and doubling routes to deal with the shortage, Bourcier said.
“We are working with schools and using all available outlets to communicate with parents, schools, and all other stakeholders regarding any changes or delays to our bus schedules,” Bourcier wrote in an email to The Sun News.
It’s unclear how long the delays will last, she said.
To keep up with your student’s bus schedule, follow along with your area’s bus office on Facebook.