PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of our area’s largest schools is looking for a solution to a major issue.

Pittsburgh Public School District is facing a bus driver shortage, and it could mean thousands of students not having a ride to school.

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According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the district has come up with a few ideas to solve the problem.

They’re proposing to increase walk zones around the schools, move more students to Port Authority buses, and adding a multi-tiered bus schedule to adjust start and end times at some schools.

Right now, the district is short over 9,000 bus seats for students when they return to in-person classes in the Fall.

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It was just a few months ago, KDKA reported the struggles the district had with a lack of bus seats when some students returned to in-person instruction in the Spring.

With COVID-19, there was a bus driver shortage. However, district officials say the shortage was already in place before the pandemic began, but the pandemic only made it worse.

Pittsburgh Public is not alone.

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The bus driver shortage is something other districts in the area have faced as well.