JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Bus rides may be a bit longer for Jones County students returning to class this week. The Jones County School District said 23 bus routes across the county have been affected by the closure of 17 roads that were damaged from last week’s floods.
Jones County School District Superintendent Tommy Parker believes several hundred students may be affected by the route changes. Parker said pickup and dropoff times will change for several of those routes.
Until bridges and roads are repaired, some of the routes will pick up high school and elementary students together. Parker said it may be weeks before everything returns to normal.
Parker said schools will be lenient with parents regarding dropoff times until they can sort through roads closures. He said it could take a few weeks for to all roads to open.
“We have advised our bus drivers to be extra-diligent to try and stay off the edges of roads that could be a road that could collapse and not to take any chances what so ever if they suspect that one of those roads is not in good enough shape to travel on,” Parker said.
If parents have any questions regarding their child’s route, they can contact the transportation department at 601-426-9714.
School start times will not change. Students go back to class on Tuesday.