SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Public Schools revamped bus routes to maximize efficiency.
Every school day, SPS and Durham buses transport around 7,000 students to and from school. This year, an additional 500 students will start using buses after the remodel of Finch Elementary.
Bus drivers spent the past two weeks doing ‘dry runs’ with empty buses to time out the new routes. Some routes may be longer and some buses might have more students.
"Our buses might be a little later on the first day,” said Erica Hallock with Spokane Public Schools.
“We have a lot of new students transitioning in,” she added. “We would encourage parents to be patient in those first few days as we complete this transition, but if parents are concerned, we want you to give a call if you're wondering where your bus is."
In addition to calling Durham bus services, people could also go to Spokane Public School’s website and enter in their address. The website will calculate a student’s bus number, the time the bus will stop at that child’s location, and when the student will be dropped off back home at the end of the day.