Stranded Students And Early Dismissals Mark First Day Of School In Baltimore City

What’s happening?

Baltimore City Schools got off to a rocky start on Monday, August 30. A shortage of bus drivers left 300 students stranded, and inadequate air conditioning caused early dismissals at 24 schools.

How did this happen? 

The lack of bus drivers was due to a series of callouts, according to The Baltimore Sun. School system officials weren’t able to explain why the drivers called out. 

Officials addressed the air conditioning issue in a press release saying they “understand the concerns and frustrations of families.” When Sonja Santelises became the city schools’ CEO in 2016, there were 76 schools without air conditioning, the newspaper reports. 

Anything else I should know? 

The first day of school wasn’t a bust for everyone. “I am super excited,” Erin Ruiz, a sixth-grade math teacher at Armistead Gardens Elementary/Middle School, told The Baltimore Sun. “It definitely felt incomplete last year not seeing students in person. I could feel their nerves, but I can tell they’re happy too.”

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