The Hawai`i State Department of Education has advised students and parents at Maui High, Lahainaluna High, Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate of upcoming modifications to school bus service beginning on the first day of school.
Students will file back into classrooms on Monday, August 7, however, a shortage of school bus drivers with Commercial Drivers Licenses has led to the consolidation and temporary suspension of some routes.
At Maui High, certain bus routes will be temporarily consolidated which will mean longer wait times for students. Students affected will be provided a free school bus pass during the consolidation period.
At Lahainaluna High, Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate, all bus routes will be temporarily suspended until an adequate level of qualified CDL drivers are recruited. Routes will be restored as soon as new drivers begin service. Students affected will be eligible for a free monthly Maui Bus youth pass.
Parents must submit a completed Form ST-70 (Application to Ride School Bus) to their school’s main office and, upon approval, the pass will be provided.
“HIDOE appreciates our students’ and parents’ patience during this time and services will be restored to normal as new drivers are hired,” said Donalyn Dela Cruz, DOE spokesperson. “We are working diligently with school bus contractors to minimize the impacts to our students and we encourage any qualified CDL drivers on Maui to apply now with our Student Transportation Services Branch at 586-0170, as contractors are offering increased wages and signing bonuses to remedy this shortage before the first day of school.”
School bus service for Special Education students at all schools will not be affected.
For more information about the affected Maui routes, click here. Information about affected routes and future updates will be provided through school administrations and their websites.