October 14, 2021 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

As you may know, we, along with our surrounding school districts, are experiencing a bus driver shortage. Please note that tomorrow, Friday, October 15th, we need to make alternate arrangements to transport our Middle and High School students. In all scenarios (for October 15th) elementary students are transported to and from school. Parents/guardians should anticipate delays in the arrival of the bus in both the AM and PM in all scenarios. 

We have organized staffing-dependent plans to transport our students tomorrow.   In all scenarios (for October 15th), elementary students are transported to and from school however, parents/guardians should expect delays in the arrival of the bus in both the AM and PM.

Scenario A: 

  • All students K-12 are transported to school in the AM as scheduled.  

  • Elementary children will be transported home (expect delays) as scheduled.  

  • ALL High School students will be dismissed and transported home at 12:30 and ALL Middle School students will be dismissed and transported at 1:30 PM. In this scenario, the day will be identified as an early dismissal day.  The schedule throughout the day will be modified accordingly.

Scenario B:  

  • All students K-12 are transported to school in the AM as scheduled.  

  • Elementary children will be transported home (expect delays) as scheduled.  

  • No transportation will be available for middle school students or high school students in the afternoon.  

  • All of our schools will be open and operating on a full-day schedule.

Scenario C:  

  • All elementary students will be transported to school and home from school as scheduled (expect delays). 

  • No transportation will be available for middle school students or high school students in both the morning and the afternoon.  

  • All of our schools will be open and operating on a full-day schedule. 

The factor influencing each scenario will be the availability of staff.  We have reached out to the area school districts and the township with the hope that they may have even a few additional drivers for tomorrow and understandably they are unable to assist at this time. 

We will notify all parents/guardians of middle and high school students at 5:00 AM (email, phone, text, and website) of the transportation staffing situation and which of the scenarios above may be in effect. 

The District is required to transport some students to meet federal and state mandates, so you may see some of our buses at various locations during the day.  If your child is eligible for an individualized program that includes transportation as a related service, we will transport your child tomorrow.  Our Pupil Services Department will confirm for those families this afternoon or this evening.  Please monitor your email address for that communication.  If you do not hear from our Pupil Services Department, you should anticipate that transportation will not be available for your child tomorrow in the event transportation is not provided.  

We are encouraging our families to continue to help neighbors. If you can pick up your child and others from school, please coordinate with those to do so. We ask that you continue to practice COVID safe travel measures in your vehicles while transporting those who are not in your household. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. Our bus drivers are dedicated to our students and our community. We are grateful to them for all they are doing to keep transportation “moving”. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a bus driver, please find information about joining our team at this link: https://www.haverford.k12.pa.us/departments/human-resources/employment-opportunities.

Sincerely,
Maureen Reusche, Ed.D.
Superintendent