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Palm Beach County schools held a news conference Friday on bus issues

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UPDATE: The Palm Beach County School District addressed school bus issues Friday.

26% of buses were running late today. While that was a big improvement over Monday the superintendent said it hasn’t been sufficient.

All hands will be on deck this weekend to work on the problems.

The size of the bus routing team has been tripled to 18.

EARLIER:

Thursday morning was a better day at the bus stop for many students in Palm Beach County. After three days of problems the school district says that there were no major hiccups.

Superintendent Robert Avossa held a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday to update improvements. 

The district sighted a lack of bus drivers and a routing system that's not accounting for enough time to get kids to class on time as the source of the problems. 

Avossa wants there to be significant improvements by Monday when 10 more drivers will hit the streets.

However, the district says it will be some time before they are able to get even more people hired.

Before drivers are interviewed they have to undergo background checks and then they have to have a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), pass four tests and a physical.

On Monday, fewer drivers showed up on the first day of school than expected.

Avossa said the district has ramped up resources at its hotline, 561-242-6565, for parents to call with transportation questions and problems.

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