Filling-in Gaps During School Bus Driver Shortages

Despite intensive efforts, empty driver seats continue to be a problem nationwide, as many school districts are forced to develop creative temporary solutions to fill the gaps. (Photo by David George.)

Like with many other school districts, the chronic school bus driver shortage forced district officials in Warren, Ohio this week to bring in a private company to fill its lack of in-house bus drivers.

“The transportation supervisor at Jackson-Milton Local School District will be behind the wheel delivering children to school and back, filling a vacant school bus route created when a driver retired in late December. There are no other substitute drivers to fill the gap,” reported the Tribune Chronicle today.

Elsewhere, for example, a new policy requirement at Weathersfield Local Schools mandates that all nonteaching new hires, including cafeteria workers and custodians, obtain a CDL, in order to be able to quickly fill-in as a substitute bus driver, when necessary.

Warren City Schools officials said they are planning to host a job fair in several weeks, in order to “attract both bus drivers and other potential district employees.”