PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. — Calvert County Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Curry sent out an email recently alerting parents to a potential bus driver shortage tomorrow as drivers are planning to protest.
One flyer reviewed by TheBayNet.com that was circulating read “We teach our children to stand up for themselves… now it’s YOUR turn!”
The flyer says it hopes “Drivers Unite” at the Board of Education building at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow for what is described as a “strike.”
Following concerns for a lack of drivers in the morning of October 11, Curry sent out an email to families:
“Parents and guardians:
We have been advised that there will be a number of bus drivers who will call out sick tomorrow in an effort to draw attention to their challenges with pay and benefits. We want you to know that they are not school employees but employees of local bus contractors and they have not asked for meetings with the Calvert County Schools leadership team and, in fact, we have a meeting scheduled for drivers on Friday, October 15 when there is no school.
So, we do not know all buses that will not have drivers tomorrow morning. We do know that the following bus numbers will not have drivers – 47, 84 and special buses 124, 132, 299. And our transportation department will do its best to have other buses pick up the slack.
Please check the Bus Status page on our website frequently for updates.
There may be other buses impacted. So, if you can, plan to drive your child to school tomorrow.
We apologize for this inconvenience, as well as the other challenges of the bus driver shortage, and we anticipate reaching agreements soon that will prevent such action in the future.
Daniel D. Curry
This is a developing story. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.