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Transportation Update: November Bus Routes

RPS 205 families, 

We are finalizing our transportation plans for November as we continue to work through the nationwide worker shortage bus driver and transportation staff shortage.  

We plan to start the month of November with five uncovered routes each day, and we expect that number to drop as the month continues. RPS 205 has been fortunate to add a few new driver trainees each week. We are hopeful this is the last time we’ll need to share an update on the bus driver shortage this school year.  

View the November calendar for a guide on unavailable routes.

  • Schools will continue to provide extended drop-off and pick-up time for families when regular busing won’t be provided. 
  • Affected bus routes will continue rotating among schools. Drivers will be assigned so no single school is more affected than others. 
  • All RPS 205 staff who are eligible to drive a bus are driving to cover any absences. That includes our executive director of transportation and transportation management team. 
  • Drive for RPS 205: A first-year driver can earn nearly $39,000. That includes a $3,000 signing bonus and up to $5,500 a year in attendance bonuses. Starting pay is $15.30 an hour with full-time benefits, including health insurance and life insurance. The job includes 12 paid holidays and paid training, with opportunities for evening routes, field trips and summer routes. Learn more and apply:  

Thank you again for your patience during this difficult time. We appreciate your flexibility, patience and support this school year.  


Mike Slife, RPS 205 Executive Director of Transportation 

Mike Phillips, RPS 205 Chief Operations Officer



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