No school in the Pocono Mountain School District. Classes are canceled for the second day in a row because of a bus driver shortage.

Nearly three dozen drivers called out sick Thursday. But are they truly sick, or sending a message?

Parents in the Pocono Mountain region aren't happy.

"My kid is out of school two days now he's going to have to make this up and it's not his fault," said parent Michelle Salgado.

The bus drivers and their union aren't happy either.

At Wednesday night's school board meeting the board voted not to accept a fact finding report from a third party which stated outsourcing the transportation department would not save the district money.

The district is looking to cut spending. One of the ideas is to bring in an independent transportation company that could put 200 jobs in jeopardy.

"By the district threatening to outsource, to continue to threaten it, they're just adding more anxiety," said Jessica Sabol with the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

The district believes that is the reason for so many bus driver call outs, including 33 on Thursday.

In statement the district says:

"Please continue your contract negotiations appropriately. Let's all agree that moving forward it is not okay in the PMSD community to use students as a leverage to try to get the upper hand in adult disagreements and disputes."

The union representing the bus drivers say this not a "sick out."

"To suggest that we organized or directed employees to call in is ridiculous, it's ridiculous," Sabol said.

The union says it's confident it will work out a deal soon that will keep the transportation department the way it is.

Parents are hoping that happens too.

"Our kids deserve to have happy, safe bus drivers. You're not concentrating behind the wheel if you're worried about where your next paycheck is coming from," said parent Eileen Maguyre.

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