APS Consolidating City Of Alpena Bus Routes
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:05:11 EDT
As previously reported, due to retirements or relocations resulting in a shortage of drivers, Alpena Public Schools will be consolidating some bus runs in the city as school starts after Labor Day.
With only three trained substitute drivers on staff, the District is now three drivers short and has no qualified subs for drivers who are absent.
Six secondary (6-12th grade) bus routes within the city will be divided into two groups - three "A" city routes and three "B" city routes.
The "A" city routes will be picked up about 20 minutes earlier than might have been the case in years past. This means they will arrive at the Junior and Senior high schools early as well, will be supervised and breakfast available.
Buses will then go back to pick up the three "B" city routes. "B" city routes will have pickup and drop off times pretty close to what they have had in previous years. They will arrive at school with time to get breakfast and get to class.
In the afternoon, "A" city routes will be delivered home first. Students on the "B" city routes will be supervised in the cafeteria or large commons for about 20 minutes until the buses return to take them home. Snack lines will be open as in the past for students who want an after-school snack.
Parochial students who are part of city routes are included in the change, although their transfer bus arrangements remain the same.
The plan allows three drivers to cover six city bus routes while no changes will be made to elementary bus routes or any rural bus routes.
APS is making every effort to recruit and train additional drivers. In the meantime, the District must seek ways to provide the same level of service with a smaller staff.