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Bus drivers’ sick-in prompts county schools to ask parents’ help

ROANOKE COUNTY – A number of Roanoke County school bus drivers called in sick for this afternoon, causing Roanoke County Schools to ask parents to pick up children from county schools.

This includes Glenvar Elementary, Glenvar Middle, Glenvar High School, Fort Lewis Elementary, Masons Cove, W.E. Cundiff Elementary, Herman L. Horn Elementary, Bonsack Elementary, Mount Pleasant Elementary, William Byrd Middle School, and William Byrd High School starting at 12:20 p.m.

The bus drivers are opposing the Roanoke County School Board’s decision to cut benefits for part-time employees, which includes bus drivers.

County School Superintendent Lorraine Lange issued a statement shortly after 10: 30 a.m. today, saying “We regret that some of our school bus drivers have made a poor decision to call in sick this afternoon after dropping off students this morning so that we are not able to run buses this afternoon.”

She called on parents to pick up their children, starting with elementary schools at 12:20 p.m. and secondary students by 1:25 p.m.

Parents were notified by the school’s calling system, Lange said.

“We regret that some of our drivers have made this poor decision and I thank you for your help as we make sure our students get home safely today,” Lange said in her statement.

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Meg Hibbert

Meg Hibbert held the position of editor of the Salem Times-Register and The New Castle Record from July 1999 - July 2014. She won more than two dozen awards from the Virginia Press Association for feature writing, columns, business articles, health and environmental writing and education coverage. She and her husband, Bill, live in Salem and are avid University of Georgia Bulldogs.