CHICAGO (TOC) — Like many in our space, the Hancock Faculty Prep Hovering Eagles softball staff has been impacted all season by a nationwide faculty bus driver scarcity. However final week they felt the sting even deeper, as they have been compelled to forfeit their quarterfinal metropolis match sport at Lincoln Park Excessive College as a result of Chicago Public Colleges mentioned no buses have been out there.
“It has been actually irritating and unhappy for the staff as a result of we have develop into so shut and labored so onerous this complete yr,” mentioned participant Alyssa Lopez.
The staff requested to reschedule the sport however have been denied.
“It is past irritating. The women put all this work and energy into acting on the sector, and it is taken away from them,” mentioned head coach Doug Barnes.
So Lopez, who was named to the CPS all-city staff, took to Twitter to attraction to the district.
“It isn’t simply this one sport. It isn’t simply Hancock. It is numerous completely different faculties. And it simply continues to occur time and again, and persons are simply brushing it apart and saying it is okay,” she mentioned.
In a press release, CPS mentioned it is “… needed to make the troublesome determination to prioritize transportation for teachers…” and that “…The motive force scarcity has created some challenges for sporting occasions throughout the District, a problem that’s not restricted to 1 neighborhood.”
Hancock performs once more in a few weeks when the state regional match will get underway, however already the staff has been informed by CPS there isn’t any assure a bus will likely be out there.
Including to the problem, IHSA guidelines require particular insurance coverage for groups that carpool. Hancock is now scrambling to seek out authorized transportation to maintain their season alive.
Full assertion from Chicago Public Colleges
Chicago Public Colleges (CPS) goals to supply all college students with a high-quality and equitable schooling stuffed with alternatives to take part in athletic competitions amongst many different extracurricular actions. We acknowledge that the experiences and classes discovered on the enjoying subject are necessary to a well-rounded instructional expertise and we need to guarantee that each pupil, no matter their faculty location, has entry to sports activities and the power to play in video games. We’re sorry to listen to each time a faculty should forfeit a sport for any cause, however significantly resulting from a scarcity of transportation. We stay dedicated to discovering methods to deal with the nationwide bus driver scarcity and its impression on District operations and search for methods to make sure that a transportation situation doesn’t impression gamers and the outcomes of video games.
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