Sick bus drivers cause delay in routes for Manor ISD Monday

Travis County

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Sick bus drivers have forced Manor ISD to delay their routes Monday morning, the school district says.

District officials initially told KXAN that at least 10 bus drivers called out absent. Later on, officials said only 6 routes were affected.

A spokesperson for the district said at least two of the drivers were confirmed to be sick. As for the reason for the other absences, they did not know.

“We all had to go to work, so it was like, ‘Do we leave them? Do we take them to school ourselves?’”

Shanon Sanders, Manor ISD parent

The district said drop-off times varied for all levels — elementary, middle and high school. They were not able to report how many kids were delayed or how long they were waiting at the bus stops.

“It was just a hassle,” Manor ISD parent Tiffany Williams said. “Most of the kids live across 290, so getting to this side is a hassle in morning traffic.”

The spokesperson explained that their absence system works on a “substitute” system, where in most cases substitute drivers are lined up the night before. They said trying to find this many substitutes last minute caused the delay.

The district said they alerted every parent in the district at 6:30 a.m. Monday. They did not specify which routes were affected, and could not confirm those details to KXAN either.

They asked parents to contact their kids’ campus via “Let’s Talk” for any more information.

Some parents told KXAN that left them with just a few minutes to form a backup plan.

“We all had to go to work, so it was like, ‘Do we leave them? Do we take them to school ourselves?” Shanon Sanders said. Her kids ride the bus every day at 6:35 a.m.

“I wish that notification would have come a little earlier, around 6 a.m. to give us a little more time to plan,” she said. “But I’m glad something came out.”

Sanders said after rushing to form a plan, their bus ending up coming on time. Now, they are just concerned about the sickness spreading.

The spokesperson for the district said, “All the buses from routes affected are scheduled to be cleaned.” They told KXAN they did not have a timeline for when that disinfecting process would happen.

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