PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After preparing to return to class for over a year, Monday is the big day for Pittsburgh public schools.
“It’s been a long time coming. We’ve done a lot of work to get to this point, ”said Superintendent Dr Anthony Hamlet
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On Monday, 13,720 students from Pittsburgh Public School will return to the building while nearly 8,000 more will choose to stay away.
“We announced that they could come back on May 3 if they could provide their own transportation. I think we tried to clarify this because we have transportation issues, ”Hamlet said.
Due to a lack of bus drivers, the neighborhood struggled to find a solution for all the students. After calling the community, the number of places dropped drastically, from 2,600 to 638 students without a ride.
“Students who fall in this loophole and do not have a route were notified by a robot call last week, and students who have a route reportedly received a letter in the mail,” said Megan Patton. the PPS transport director.
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But on May 10, the district will partner with the Pittsburgh Transportation Group.
“Right now we are being offered three additional buses and each bus will accommodate about 30 students and will be able to serve various schools in the morning and afternoon,” Patton told KDKA.
A relative KDKA spoke to said this was not a solution. A mother said the district has months to prepare for the bus problem and even now won’t know if her son has a ride until the last days of the year.
The district responded by saying it was doing what it could.
“We contacted our colleges and universities, etc., to find transportation. So we tried to be creative, ”said Errika Fearbry Jones, PPS Chief of Staff.
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As far as this partnership is concerned, it will not be enough to reduce this seat gap to zero. Even with the additional buses, there will still be around 400 students without going to school this year.