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JCPS forced to cancel more bus routes this week due to driver absences

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While the district says its doing everything it can to reach families and giving TARC vouchers to students who need a ride, Malone's dad says he never got that information. While the district says its doing everything it can to reach families and giving TARC vouchers to students who need a ride, Malone's dad says he never got that information.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Marcellaus Malone says so far this week, his school bus hasn't shown up at all. 

"I was kind of frustrated because I am sitting out in the cold," he explained. 

His dad, Antwan Malone, says he called the school to find out what was going on. 

"The school said well, they're having issues," Antwan Malone told WDRB News. 

Issues like too many bus drivers off of work, forcing the cancellation of routes. 

We told you about the problem Feb. 4 and asked the district then if it was going to keep happening. 

"I don't expect this situation to happen again," said JCPS Spokesperson Allison Martin last Thursday, "You never say never because you can't know what the future might hold regarding an illness or another situation."  

Just a few days later and there are more absences. 

Monday, we're told 141 drivers were off and two routes were canceled. Then on Tuesday, officials say 136 drivers were absent, leading to one route getting cut. 

The district says it's now taking a closer look at the problem. 

"We just noticed from looking at the data that we are seeing a higher spike in absences on Mondays and Fridays and our transportation director is going to be working with our bus drivers and leadership to say, how can we work on reducing these absences on Mondays and Fridays," Martin said in another interview Tuesday. 

When there aren't enough drivers, JCPS says it cancels bus routes to and from alternative schools first because there are fewer kids on board. 

That's why Malone, a senior at Breckinridge Metro, was affected. 

While the district says its doing everything it can to reach families and giving TARC vouchers to students who need a ride, Malone's dad says he never got that information. 

So without the bus, his son has been staying home. 

"School to me is very important," Antwan Malone said. "It's important to him and he needs to have his education but he can't have it if he doesn't have a way to get there." 

The district has dozens of open bus driver positions but were told 16 drivers are currently training. 

JCPS says once they hit the road, it should help alleviate the problem. 

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