Breaking: DCPS will not begin classes on Friday; bus route issues have not been resolved

August 11, 2022 | 2:16 pm

Updated August 11, 2022 | 2:16 pm

Matt Robbins

The first day of classes has been further delayed until Monday for Daviess County Public Schools, the district announced Thursday afternoon. The district is still battling with issues implementing a new transportation routing system for buses.

The announcement from DCPS to families reads as follows:

DCPS Families,

Our transportation and school teams have been working around the clock to remedy the software issue impacting our afternoon bus transportation routing. Significant progress has been made and we are continuing to meet with staff to ensure the accuracy of the updated routes and data. 

Daviess County Public Schools district schools will be CLOSED on Friday, August 12 to finalize all routing and provide time to effectively communicate bus information to you – our families. It is crucial that parents, guardians and students feel comfortable and confident in their bus transportation as they start the year. The first day of school for all DCPS schools will be Monday, August 15.

This software issue caused a significant disruption, but the accuracy of this information is paramount. We could not begin our school year without complete certainty that our afternoon transportation needs were met and that each student could be delivered to their afternoon destination. 

Detailed instructions on how to access your student’s afternoon bus route information will be sent as soon as possible.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families and students and look forward to welcoming everyone back for our first day of school on Monday, August 15.

According to Superintendent Matt Robbins, while morning bus routes are unchanged from last year, they implemented a new transportation routing system for the afternoon schedule (a change stemming from a shortage of bus drivers). 

The district thought they had the new afternoon routes squared away on Saturday, but they found out Tuesday there were about 1,000 students who hadn’t been assigned to a bus due to glitches in new software. They’ve been working since then to address the issues.

On Thursday, Robbins discussed the delayed start, the new software glitches, their bus driver shortage, and the district’s new “bus stop” system for afternoon riders. To learn what Robbins had to say, click here.

August 11, 2022 | 2:16 pm

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