Breaking: DCPS won’t start school until at least Friday due to bus route issues; OPS and OCS still starting Wednesday

August 10, 2022 | 12:11 am

Updated August 10, 2022 | 12:22 am

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Classes won’t begin until at least Friday for Daviess County Public Schools due to an issue implementing a new transportation routing system for buses, the district announced Tuesday night. Owensboro Catholic Schools will begin on Wednesday, so parents will need to provide transportation. Owensboro Public Schools will also start on Wednesday as scheduled.

The announcement from DCPS, as sent to staff and parents, is as follows:

As you know, Daviess County Public Schools has been in the process of implementing a new transportation routing system. A major software issue has resulted in a disruption that has prohibited us from securing routing for our afternoon bus routes. Our morning routes were unimpacted and remain unchanged.

Due to this issue, Daviess County Public Schools will cancel school for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11. The first day of school for the 2022-23 school year for all DCPS students is now scheduled for Friday, August 12. If it becomes necessary to cancel school on Friday, August 12, we will make the determination and notification no later than Thursday afternoon.

School year contracted staff should treat this as a “Snow Day” which means these are non-work days for all related staff.

Our transportation team has worked late into this evening, but this issue was unable to be resolved in order to begin our school year as scheduled. Ensuring the safety of our students is paramount and we will not begin our school year without complete certainty that our student transportation needs are met.

Many families have experienced delays in information regarding bus stop details for their students as a result of this issue. We understand the frustrations you have experienced. We assure you that our team is working tirelessly to remedy this and are confident that these additional days will allow us to not only remedy the software issue, but communicate the changes to you – our families – effectively so that you and your student feel comfortable and confident in their bus transportation.

This software issue that is impacting our system is affecting several other districts within the company’s service – DCPS is not alone in this disruption.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families and students and eagerly anticipate welcoming them into the halls of our schools at the soonest possible moment.

August 10, 2022 | 12:11 am

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