Michigan School Children Stay Home Amid Bus Driver Shortage

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Schoolchildren in a southern Michigan school district are being kept at home this week as the area grapples with a shortage of bus drivers, the Associated Press reports.

Many drivers at Marshall Public School have been forced into self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, leaving them unable to perform their duties.

“Because of our commitment to ensure that everyone has equal access to quality education, we are going to go ahead and go virtual for everyone at this point to get through this time,” said Superintendent Randy Davis at the PA.

Davis noted that the district did not have enough backup drivers to replace.

“We’re always bringing in new pilots, new subs. There is attrition that normally occurs under normal circumstances, let alone in a COVID year,” Davis said.

He added that usually, when in a rush, they borrow drivers from neighboring districts, but the pandemic has left every district short of staff.

“Historically, we’ve been able to ask our neighbors for help with extra drivers, extra buses,” Davis told WOOD-TV. “We all support each other. At this point, no one has the flexibility to do that.”

Parents were promptly notified of the switch to distance learning, as Davis said he was made aware of the issue on Tuesday evening.

“There’s no good timing with these things,” Davis said, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.


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