Bus drivers for Edmonds School District notified of layoffs

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Bus drivers for the Edmonds School District were notified Friday about layoffs, which the district said it is forced to implement.

It is all due to the pandemic, which has impacted how students will be taught starting in the fall. Because there will be no in-person learning, no students will be riding on school buses, causing a reduction in transportation funding to pay for drivers.

In a statement from the district, it says in part, “When ridership falls, funding falls. And unfortunately, until we can transport students again, funding to pay drivers is not an option.”

“None of us wanted this to happen, and we know this will be a very challenging time for our dedicated bus drivers.”

According to the district, it plans to provide drivers with information and direct them to resources through this difficult time. “We are thankful for all of the bus drivers and their service to our students. We anxiously look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when our drivers can hit the road once again.”