School bus drivers impacted by flu epidemic causes delays

Flu epidemic affecting bus drivers
Flu epidemic affecting bus drivers
Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 13:46:07-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - With the flu epidemic in full swing, a large amount of school bus drivers in Valdosta have fallen victim to it.

Transportation director Gwen Weaver says 10 Valdosta City School bus drivers were off work Monday after contracting the flu. This caused slight delays in getting children to school.

Weaver says drivers had to double up on bus routes to make up for the shortage. She says that she expects this to be an issue all week long.

"The flu epidemic this year is so crazy, I do request that if the drivers are sick to please stay home," said Weaver. "Unfortunately when you come to work sick, they contaminate not only other staff but the other students as they are transporting them in the buses."

Gwen Weaver says the district normally has about 85 drivers. She says take away ten, plus the extracurricular activities drivers, and you're looking at a massive shortage.

Valdosta City School District says parents should expect delays. Parents should call the district office for the whereabouts of their child if they believe the delay is too long.