Flu season impacting school bus drivers in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. The flu's impact on school districts isn't limited to students, or even teachers.

Thursday, a First Student spokesperson says 10 percent of the workforce has called in sick every day since last Wednesday (Jan. 17). First Student drivers transport students in Wichita's USD 259, the biggest district in Kansas.

The spokesperson says the illnesses have not necessarily made buses late over the past week as office staff is available to help cover routes and other drivers can double up on routes, running a second route after completing their first route.

While a 10-percent drop in the workforce is challenging to adjust for to make sure students get to and home from school on time, First Student emphasizes the importance for drivers to stay home if they're sick.

And following recommendations from doctors, teachers and parents across the state, the company also pushes for its employees to wash their hands throughout the day.