COVID complicating school bus driver shortage years in the making

The ongoing pandemic didn’t cause the national shortage of bus drivers, it aggravated a trend growing for years, industry professionals say. Part-time pay, a staggered workday, and a burdensome process to become a school bus driver are factors at play, Derl Reichard said. Another issue, said PJ Adam, operations manager with Weikel Busing in Selinsgrove, is that fewer retirees — an important labor resource for the part-time job — are interested in taking the job.

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Source: The Daily Item, Oct. 31, 2021.