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DPS warns of another bus driver shortage after "high number" of absences Friday

Posted at 2:34 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 16:34:21-04

DENVER — More delays on Denver Public Schools bus routes could be possible on Friday afternoon, as the school district's driver shortage continued.

"We're dealing with a high number of absences," DPS spokesman Will Jones said in an email Friday. "I am unaware of the cause. Transportation services is working to ensure that the routes are covered so that we can maintain school bus service for our students and families."

The driver shortage has been an issue for DPS for several days.

In a letter to parents on Tuesday, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susan Cordova wrote, "We have heard that members of our Transportation Team may not come to work tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 2, in response to a bus incident that occurred on Sept. 18."

The Denver District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it would not file criminal charges against Brandi Martin, a Denver mother seen on video climbing onto a stopped school bus and engaging in a physical altercation with the bus driver.

The driver was taking Denver Green School Northfield students home from school on September 18 when behavioral issues from students forced the driver to pull over, according to DPS.

While the bus was stopped, some students began texting and calling parents, and a small group of adults quickly gathered, including Martin.

The video appears to show Martin getting upset that she was not allowed to remove her student from the bus. She was accused of assaulting a DPS employee and arrested after the incident.