LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County School District on Friday announced they will adjust school start and end times for the 2022-2023 school year due to a bus driver shortage.
The changes start Aug. 8.
"... The first transition will impact the upcoming 2022-2023 school year by making slight changes to start and end times at more than half of the school campuses to improve on-time rates for all bus routes. At most schools, the adjustment is less than 30 minutes, impacting 65 bus routes," CCSD said in a news release.
CCSD said with the adjustment, they can offer increased on-time rates and "improved efficiency through route consolidation."
CCSD parent Mark Darcey said he doesn't have much hope the changing schedule will make a difference. He said his students have been impacted by the bus driver shortage this year and even before the pandemic.
“Because of the school buses being so unreliable we have given up on the school buses, and have teamed together with several other parents in our neighborhood,” Darcey said. “We all take turns taking them to and picking them up from school.”
Darcey said his family specifically moved into an area for his son to attend Coronado High School because of the later start time that fit their schedule. Now, starting next school year classes will start an hour earlier there.
“Every family is going to be impacted,” Nevada PTA president and parent Rebecca Garcia said. “So for many families this will be a logistical puzzle to figure out.”
Garcia is also unsure if this will accomplish the goal of more timely transportation, but said at least parents are getting plenty of heads up on the changes at their school.
“It comes before those that have applied for choice seats, whether it’s magnet or the new COSA (Change of School Assignment), are going to have to accept that,” Garcia said.
“Getting students to school on time is vital to student achievement,” CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara said in a prewritten media statement. “The District is committed to maintaining bus services for our eligible students, and these changes will improve transportation service reliability and timeliness.”
CCSD employs 1,300 drivers on more than 1,500 routes.