ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester City School District says all options are on the table to deal with a severe shortage of bus drivers just days before the start of the school year. It's holding an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to address the situation.

It comes after Rochester City School Board Commissioner Beatriz LeBron expressed frustration on social media over what she calls a lack of leadership within the district.

The district acknowledges that it's short some 70 bus drivers, and a previously announced plan to stagger start and dismissal times for some elementary schools to help ease the burden would still not be enough.

LeBron says robocalls will start going out today to families asking them to help get students to school.

"So when I brought it up last week, it was, 'That's the first I'm hearing about it.' And now we're saying we're going to have principals send out robocalls to all of the families tomorrow, September 2," said LeBron. "We're not going to call for an emergency board meeting, which we should be. We're still figuring out all available possible solutions. Um, OK, you have two days! School starts next week. And if you figure out all available possible solutions, why would we have principals then call?"

The RCSD issued a statement on Thursday saying in part:

"Because of the continued resignation of drivers, this has been an ever-changing issue and we are at a critical point with the first day of school rapidly approaching. The district leadership team has been working tirelessly to reach a solution that will ensure high-quality education for all of our scholars."

The meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Friday at district headquarters on West Broad Street. A limited number of the public can attend, but there will be no public comment.

All Board of Education Meetings will be available via the RCSD’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the district’s website at