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St. Paul's after-school programs pushed back due to bus driver shortage

The EDL program will now start on Oct. 21.

The starting date for after-school activities at St. Paul Public Schools has been pushed back two weeks because of an ongoing shortage of bus drivers.

The shortage of qualified drivers has affected school districts across the state, and in St. Paul it's caused the postponement of the Extended Day for Learning (EDL) program.

The after-school program was due to start this coming Monday, Oct. 7, but it's been pushed back now to Oct. 21, St. Paul Public Schools announced this week.

The program will now end on May 11, with the revised calendar for elementary students found here, and here for secondary students.

"We are optimistic that bus drivers can be found within the next couple of weeks to provide EDL transportation," the school district said.

"Our Transportation Department is working hard to secure additional contracts with other transportation vendors for the revised start of EDL."

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It comes amid a wider shortage of bus drivers across Minnesota, with St. Paul Public Schools' Tom Burr telling FOX 9 this often happens during periods of low unemployment and a strong economy, as is the case in Minnesota right now.

"Our industry does well in a poor economy," he told the TV station. "It’s a bridge job."

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