Mercer County Schools to provide transportation to daycare facilities

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – In July, Mercer County Schools suspended bus transportation to daycares to alleviate over-crowding on buses due to students who rode afternoon buses that were not their regular run.

As the first day of school approaches, many students have signed up for the virtual school option which frees up space on some buses. Mercer County School’s Transportation Department studied bus routes, reconfigured those that could be changed, and moved two bus drivers from part-time to full time to accommodate these children and their families. Students will be transported to daycares within their school’s district.

For example, students who attend Princeton elementary schools can be transported to daycares that are on their bus’s normal route in Princeton. A Princeton elementary school student could not ride a bus to a Bluefield or Athens daycare.

The new bus routes are on the Mercer County Schools’ website: https://boe.merc.k12.wv.us/ and will be published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on August 23rd.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Mercer County Schools’ Transportation Department; 304-487-2250.

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