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National Guard Members Doubling As School Bus Drivers In States Where Regular Bus Drivers Have Found Something Else To Do

Little kids Looking out a School Bus Window Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR
Little kids Looking out a School Bus Window Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR

States are turning to the National Guard to drive school buses.

Ohio could be the latest state to do that.

School bus drivers are needed across Ohio as families struggle with canceled routes due to lack of employees.

In some districts office staff, mechanics and substitute teachers with the proper license,  are driving school buses.

The shortage of drivers is leading Massachusetts to bring in the National Guard to help.

Lawmakers in New York say the Guard is needed there to help with the shortage as well.

Virginia also reporting similar shortages that are leading to kids sometimes waiting hours for a bus, or worse, waiting for a bus that never arrives.

The National School Transportation Association says COVID has stretched the bus driver ranks thin, much like many industries.

 

Little kids looking out a school bus window

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR


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