Polk County reporting school bus delays on first day of school

Up to 70 school buses in Polk County were running late on the first day of school.

According to the Polk County School District's website, some are reporting up to a 50-minute delay.

Last year, nearly 80 school buses were delayed as students returned to school. Since then, school officials said they set up a temporary call center for parents to inquire about student bus schedules, bus numbers, eligibility, and more.  

The number to the call center is 863-534-7300. Phone lines will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., through August 23. 

Last school year, Polk County Schools struggled to find enough bus drivers, and dealt with widespread pick up and drop off delays. 

Real-time updates on school bus delays can be found by clicking here.