Hancock College Prep Soaring Eagles softball team forced to forfeit quarterfinal game for lack of CPS school buses – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — Like many in our space, the Hancock School Prep Hovering Eagles softball crew has been impacted all season by a nationwide faculty bus driver scarcity. However final week they felt the sting even deeper, as they have been pressured to forfeit their quarterfinal metropolis match recreation at Lincoln Park Excessive College as a result of Chicago Public Colleges stated no buses have been out there.

“It’s been actually irritating and unhappy for the crew as a result of we’ve change into so shut and labored so onerous this entire yr,” stated participant Alyssa Lopez.

The crew requested to reschedule the sport however have been denied.

“It’s past irritating. The ladies put all this work and energy into acting on the sector, and it’s taken away from them,” stated head coach Doug Barnes.

So Lopez, who was named to the CPS all-city crew, took to Twitter to enchantment to the district.

“It’s not simply this one recreation. It’s not simply Hancock. It’s a whole lot of totally different faculties. And it simply continues to occur again and again, and individuals are simply brushing it apart and saying it’s okay,” she stated.

In a press release, CPS stated it’s “… needed to make the troublesome resolution to prioritize transportation for lecturers…” and that “…The motive force scarcity has created some challenges for sporting occasions throughout the District, a difficulty that isn’t restricted to 1 neighborhood.”

Hancock performs once more in a few weeks when the state regional match will get underway, however already the crew has been informed by CPS there’s no assure a bus might be out there.

Including to the problem, IHSA guidelines require particular insurance coverage for groups that carpool. Hancock is now scrambling to seek out permitted transportation to maintain their season alive.

Full assertion from Chicago Public Colleges

Chicago Public Colleges (CPS) goals to supply all college students with a high-quality and equitable schooling stuffed with alternatives to take part in athletic competitions amongst many different extracurricular actions. We acknowledge that the experiences and classes discovered on the enjoying subject are necessary to a well-rounded instructional expertise and we wish to make it possible for each scholar, no matter their faculty location, has entry to sports activities and the flexibility to play in video games. We’re sorry to listen to at any time when a faculty should forfeit a recreation for any purpose, however significantly attributable to a scarcity of transportation. We stay dedicated to discovering methods to handle the nationwide bus driver scarcity and its impression on District operations and search for methods to make sure that a transportation problem doesn’t impression gamers and the outcomes of video games.

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