Driver Shortage Leads to School Bus Route Cancellations

BRANT – Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk (STSBHN) is experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers due to the impact of COVID-19 that has now lead to some route cancellations.

STSBHN is a consortium providing transportation to elementary and secondary students at three local school boards –including the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and Grand Erie District School Board.

“We deeply regret the impact this will have on students and are working with our local service providers to increase staff recruiting,” says Phil Kuckyt, Manager of Transportation Services for STSBHN, “our hope is to be fully staffed after Thanksgiving.”

Route cancellations will impact 15 schools in Haldimand, 11 schools in Brantford, and one school in Brant. In total, 20 elementary schools and seven secondary schools will be affected. Families affected were contacted by their schools Friday.

STSBHN has created a schedule of rolling two-day route cancellations between September 14th and October 9th. By sharing the route cancellations in advance, STSBHN hopes families will be able to make alternative arrangements for transportation or work in partnership with schools to ensure learning continues from home.