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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A bus driver shortage in Jessamine County left many students without a ride home and many parents wondering about their whereabouts.

Jessamine County parent Brittany Webb tells LEX 18 she didn't receive a notification that her son's bus would be running at least twenty minutes late the past two afternoons. She was shocked when he and many other students walked home, arriving well after the bus would usually drop them off. The kids decided to walk home two miles instead of waiting for a connecting bus at the high school. 

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Matt Moore said the delay had a lot to with the shortage. 

Like several other districts, Jessamine County needs additional drivers immediately, so Webb won't have to worry about her 12-year-old's well-being after school

"It's not acceptable!  These are kids.  I mean, even though, yeah, they are a little bit older, but they're still kids, and we still didn't know where they were," Webb said. "We assume that after 4 o'clock, they're on a bus coming home.  They're not walking down Union Mill."

The district is trying to reassure parents that things will be back to normal.

"I don't think you need to anticipate delays because we are trying to be as strategic as possible," said Moore. They've added a new driver who is training, but they need to add more.

"With the critical shortage, we're even looking for part-time drivers," said Moore. 

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