Districts learn to cope with bus driver shortages

Because of the nationwide shortage of qualified bus drivers, many kids have difficulty getting to school, forcing parents to do drop-offs and pick-ups and districts must get creative to recruit drivers.

Finding qualified drivers is especially tricky because of the healthy economy and because of perceived obstacles, like the need for a special driver’s license—and districts are looking for solutions. As part of recruitment efforts, some districts have increased wages to attract applicants, offered signing bonuses to new drivers, and promoted financial incentives for referrals.

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