School bus driver shortage could cause heavy traffic in DeKalb County, police say

The Dunwoody Police Department is asking residents to be patient if they experience worse-than-normal traffic amid a school bus driver shortage in north DeKalb County. 

The police department said a bus driver shortage delayed pick-up and drop-off times on Friday. 

It seems parents of DeKalb County students are responding by driving their children to-and0-from school.

The Dunwoody Police Department is preparing. 

"Expect longer than normal carpool lines and heavy traffic around all DeKalb County Schools once schools let out," Dunwoody police said on Facebook. "Please be patient with your fellow drivers and arrive at your destination safely!"

DeKalb County Board of Education District 1 also encompasses areas of Chamblee and Doraville. 

DeKalb County School District addressed its bus driver issues, saying administration proactively communicated with parents and guardians to allow families to plan for school. 

"Just like other districts in the metro Atlanta area and nationally, the District is experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers," a school district statement said. "Our dedicated drivers are working extra hours to get our students to school safely and on time. Through meetings with our bus drivers, they have shared concerns with staff and the District is addressing those concerns."

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