HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke Public School system announced Tuesday morning that many of the mini buses were running up to an hour late due to catalytic converters being stolen.
The public school system posted on social media that half of the fleet had been robbed of their catalytic converters. This is the latest in a string of catalytic converter thefts in western Massachusetts.
To assist Holyoke Public School’s dismissal, Worcester Public Schools loaned some of their mini buses Tuesday afternoon. Holyoke Public Schools reminds parents that it is still important for children to come to school even if the buses are late; additionally, students who were late due to the shortage of buses will not be marked tardy.
The mini buses that were expected to be one hour late were: 57, 60, 77, 80, 83, 85, 88, 93, 94, and 96. Other buses were expected to be 15 minutes late. Currently, the School District believes only one regular sized bus is not functional.
Parents with questions are encouraged to call their children’s school for additional information.