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WAMU: How one local family is dealing with school staffing shortages

February 11, 2022

Twelve-year-old Donpacino Gresham waits for a school bus outside his Petworth home with his mother, Donna Gresham, and his six-year-old sister, Disney. The family says the bus has often arrived late this academic year.

For years, we’ve heard from clients that OSSE DOT buses needed to transport their children with disabilities to school are frequently late and difficult to track, resulting in missed hours before and after school. This problem has only been exacerbated by the pandemic and staffing shortages, causing serious disruptions for DC kids and families. Children are missing important after school therapy sessions, and some kids are not getting the medications they need on the schedule they are supposed to follow.

WAMU reporter Debbie Truong covered this issue in a radio segment and interviewed our clients Ms. Gresham and her son, Donpacino, on their experiences with unreliable OSSE DOT service.