ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — In a meeting Tuesday night, the Rochester City School District announced nine additional bus drivers have resigned.

The resignations affect routes for 174 students with disabilities.

“We need to figure out how to shift coverage from the routes that were vacated, that were left open due to the resignations,” Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small explained to reporters Tuesday night, “and redistribute those so that the students with disabilities can be covered.”

The 174 students with disabilities affected adds to 144 K-through-8 students, detailed in the superintendent’s Monday presentation, without a route. According to the district, 36 routes total are uncovered.

In the early afternoon Tuesday, officials with RTS ok’d a proposal to cover 5 secondary schools.
That would go into motion on Monday, meaning this week, students from those 5 schools who can’t get to school are remote, and those who can are in-person.

“It’s literally changing right now – and to people who say they are frustrated, we understand that,” Van White, the RCSD Board President, said to reporters Tuesday. “To people who say they are anxious, we understand that.”

Now, the district is working to find a solution for several hundred students.

“We’re working on what we’re calling our pivot plans, knowing that drivers could resign, we need to go back to our ‘war room’ as we’re calling it, and work on solutions,” Myers-Small said.