OPS makes busing changes, but problems remain

Posted at 6:09 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 19:24:05-04

It's day four for OPS, and still a lot of headaches today when it comes to busing.

Since the start of school on Wednesday, some students from elementary to high school have either waited a long time for a bus or haven't been picked up at all.

The Omaha Public School District sent out an email to parents on Sunday saying in-house transportation staff members are covering some routes, they've consolidated others, and they are contracting other companies to help.

They anticipated busses may be 25-30 minutes late, but some parents say that still no one picked up their kids today.

"It's frustrating knowing that 7 and 8 year olds are being stranded, waiting at the bus corner hoping that they're going to get to school on time especially when my daughter loves school,” said Cassandra Groven, a parent whose daughter in 3rd grade hasn’t been picked up by a bus yet this year.

The company contracted for OPS, Student Transportation of America, says they have a bus driver shortage and new regulations are keeping them from hiring people quicker.

The district today says they're now informing some parents about new changes in bus stops and times.

STA is also trying to expedite the process for qualification and certification for drivers.