ELKHART COUNTY -

Students at one of the biggest districts in the area have headed back to class this morning and if your child takes the bus there is a good chance they will have a new bus driver.

That's because a quarter of the Elkhart County School District's bus drivers are brand new this school year.

There are a lot of new bus routes and the school district has created a Transportation Call Center.

It will be manned in the morning and afternoons by retired drivers, office personnel and retired office personnel and will be active until August 25th.

This way, if parents have questions or concerns about busing they can call and talk to someone who can help.

School officials say the first few days are always rough, especially with how many changes are happening this year, but they ask parents to be patient.

"We are here to help and assist," ECS Director of Transportation Henry Lohmeyer says. "We know it is a stressful time for them. But bear with us -- first couple of days, we might not be exactly on time. Give us three or four days to work on some kinks and I can assure you the buses will arrive at the stated time."

Last year, the district announced they were hiring new drivers because there were a lot of retirements and new routes were added.

So while there are about 90 veteran drivers this year there are also more than 30 brand new drivers.