EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – After delivering some 3,500 students to schools around the City of the Crosses, bus drivers with STS New Mexico – the firm that handles transportation for Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) – went on strike Thursday morning.
“Keeping our students safe remains our top priority…this shift in focus is unfortunate, but we are confident that it is temporary.”LCPS Superintendent Ralph Ramos
Union officials tell LCPS that the strike was expected to last only one day.
As a result of the service disruption, LCPS officials were working to shift assets to make sure students and their transportation needs would be taken care of.
According to LCPS officials, families were notified Wednesday evening that district officials were preparing for a possible driver shortage, maintaining in-person learning and shifting transportation priorities as necessary.
Parents whose children ride the bus were advised to seek alternate transportation for their children, if possible. Students who could not attend school Thursday because of transportation issues would be given an excused absence, but still had access to assignments and instructional materials online.
While parents were advised to pick up their children after school, officials stressed that service will not be interrupted for students in special education with transportation as a service in their Individualized Education Plan.
Superintendent Ramos added that the situation is a fluid one, and the status of drivers could change.
Families are encouraged to check with their school or the LCPS website for information as it becomes available.