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Superintendent Drives School bus because school doesn’t have enough bus drivers

By Andrew Alpin, 5 October 2022

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If you were waiting for the school bus to pick you up and take you to school one morning and noticed that the school’s superintendent had arrived to pick you up, how weird would that be? Isn’t the superintendent supposed to be involved in the school’s upper management and be taking care of more important administrative duties? While that is true, this superintendent has started being a part-time bus driver for the school he oversees. So what made him take on this role? Let’s find out.

Lack of school bus drivers

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Many industries were affected by the pandemic, including the education sector. But the education and transportation departments have had a hard time finding enough bus drivers for the past few years. All of this is because of the pandemic that spread around the world in late 2019. As a result, people all over the world were badly affected in terms of employment.

Lack of school bus drivers

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Since schools were closed, bus drivers were laid off

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During the pandemic, schools were closed, and bus companies couldn’t make enough money to maintain their personnel. What used to bring in $173 million now became nothing. Even though the government helped bus companies, it wasn’t enough. So, they were forced to let go of their drivers.

Since schools were closed, bus drivers were laid off

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The unemployed bus drivers found employment elsewhere

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With their only means to earn a living gone, the unemployed bus drivers had to find other ways to make money by getting another job. So, they looked for jobs outside and inside the transportation industry. As the restrictions on the pandemic began to ease, most became successful in finding jobs elsewhere. But this also meant that they probably wouldn’t be returning to their old jobs as bus drivers once schools reopened.

The unemployed bus drivers found employment elsewhere

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When schools opened, there weren’t enough drivers back on the job

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But when the schools opened again, it was hard to get the bus drivers back to the job since they were already working somewhere else. This led to a shortage all over the country. While others did step in to fill their spots, there was still a shortage of drivers. Texas asked teachers and coaches to drive the bus before school, while Massachusetts sent in the National Guard to do the job.

When schools opened, there weren’t enough drivers back on the job

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