9 Berkeley Co. schools experience ‘significant delays’ after bus drivers protest
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials with the Berkeley County School District warned parents of students at nine schools who use the bus that they would experience significant delays Friday afternoon in order to cover bus routes for 30 bus drivers following a driver strike earlier in the day.
The schools affected were Berkeley Elementary, Berkeley High, Berkeley Intermediate, Berkeley Middle, Cane Bay Elementary, Cane Bay High, Cane Bay Middle, Foxbank Elementary and Whitesville Elementary.
Nearly 30 bus drivers for the district said they went on strike to protest what they call unsafe working conditions.
The bus drivers gathered at the Berkeley lot on Whitesville Road to have their voices heard. They say they were overworked and wanted to be treated equally to teachers and staff in the district.
According to a statement by the district, each of the affected schools had one to two buses assigned to their location Friday afternoon with the drivers completing multiple turnaround routes.
“This will result in significant delays. BCSD will continue to operate buses with all drivers available; however, it is important to understand the current transportation challenge we are facing regarding the shortage of drivers for afternoon routes today in the Berkeley lot,” district officials said earlier on Friday. “Please prepare, as much as possible, for delays.”
“If you are a parent or guardian of a bus rider, we encourage you to transport your child(ren) or coordinate carpool transportation for your child(ren), if possible, this afternoon,” the district’s statement said. “This will allow for buses to be utilized primarily by those who do not have any other transportation option. Again, BCSD will continue to operate buses serving the Berkeley lot with all drivers available; however, we do anticipate and ask that you prepare for significant delays.”
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