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JCPS continues to cancel bus routes because of driver shortage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A shortage of bus drivers has left some students with Jefferson County Public Schools scrambling to get to school.

The district canceled five routes Wednesday morning because it did not have enough drivers. JCPS says the cancellations were the result of employee absences and a "national" shortage of drivers.

It canceled a route with Doss High School, one with Johnson Tradition Middle school, two with South Park TAPP and a route for special needs students at Moore High School.

Union leaders representing the drivers say the bigger problem is retaining employees. They say many are calling out sick because of the stress of dealing with some students.

"The ongoing issue for the past four years has been student discipline issues, and the district chooses not to listen to it or deal with it," said John Stovall, the president of Teamsters Local 783. "It's almost like if they think they ignore it, it will go away."," said John Stovall, the president of Teamsters Local 783.

This is the ninth time the district has had to cancel routes this year.

JCPS says it is working to attract and retain drivers through incentives, job fairs and other recruiting methods.

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