School year kicks off with alternative school bus schedule

WCSD bus driver Beppy Ziemer, right, helps hand out homework packets for students without access to the internet while at Pine Middle School in Reno on March 27, 2020.

Parents and students will again be faced with an alternating bus schedule when school starts on Aug. 15 as Washoe County School District continues to struggle with staffing shortages.

Bus routes will be suspended for one week on a rotating basis in each of the district’s five service areas.

The calendar for bus rotation schedules will be available on the district’s website Wednesday. Additional student transportation bus information will be available on Aug. 5.

Students in remote areas will continue to have daily bus service, said Adam Searcy, chief facilities management officer, during a school board meeting Tuesday. Those neighborhoods are: Rancho Haven, Antelope Valley, Hungry Valley, Palomino Valley, Nixon, Wadsworth and Natchez.

Buses designated for special education students will continue full operation, as required by federal law.