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CCPS transportation update | details

Since the start of the school year, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has experienced workforce shortages in a number of areas necessary for the school system to operate as normal. These workforce shortages have had a greater impact on our bus contractors, who employ our bus drivers and attendants. As with most professional positions, bus drivers and attendants can take time off from work for personal or health-related reasons. This causes a ripple effect with bus routes and transportation for students.

The shortage continues to affect bus transportation for CCPS students. Our contracted partners diligently work to cover route vacancies and notify the CCPS transportation department as soon as possible of changes. Many times coverage is not available because there simply are not enough drivers or substitute drivers to cover route vacancies. This leads to the cancellation of bus routes, a fact that we understand is frustrating for students and their families.

CCPS transportation staff works minute-by-minute every morning and afternoon when buses are on the roads to monitor routes and cancellations. At times, staff is notified late of route cancellations. Staff updates school administrators, the transportation website and the bus social media feed on Twitter as quickly as possible. However, updates can only be shared as quickly as information is made available to us.

Below are resources CCPS uses to notify the community about bus route service interruptions.

  • Check the CCPS transportation website: https://www.ccboe.com/departments/transportation.
  • Follow CCPS transportation on Twitter: @CCPSBuses.
    • This Twitter feed is also visible as a sidebar on the CCPS transportation website for those who do not use the platform.

Both the transportation website and Twitter account are updated with bus service interruptions as CCPS staff are notified.

All parents who have children that ride a CCPS school bus should have back-up plans in place for emergencies, including when a bus route is canceled for the day. CCPS continues to support the transportation of nearly 23,000 students to and from schools safely each day. CCPS appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as workforce shortages that impact bus service for students are managed.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).


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