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An web poll in October asked if school districts and companies were short school bus drivers. Out of 328 responses, 91 percent answered yes. Here are additional comments posted to the STN Facebook page as to why.

So many different things add to the shortage. Lots of older drivers were moms that could afford to work part time jobs. Even though the pay is usually pretty good, most people have to work full-time jobs to support their household now. Add to it all the new and constantly changing laws and requirements. Don’t get me started on people not being able to pass random drug tests. The list of reasons goes on. Facebook/Terry Lynn

Everybody is short on school bus drivers. I believe [employers] expect way too much to become a driver these days. It’s not worth it, it’s just a part-time job. I know if I was to do it all over again with what they go through today, I wouldn’t do it. Facebook/Bob Dodge

I’m on my 23rd year and there are so many struggles. And it seems like school bus drivers are very under-appreciated. Facebook/Becky Fry

It’s a full-time, part-time, underpaid, underappreciated job. I respect them all. Facebook/Ryan Clark

Also, in October, industry consultant Derek Graham reflected on the Fox River Grove train-school bus crash near Chicago that killed seven students in 1995. Visit to read his blog about how the crash continues to remind industry professionals to share route hazards with drivers.

This story has played such an impact on school transportation. It is a perfect reminder of why railroad tracks need to be taken seriously and route hazards documented and provided to all drives. I have been pushing the same story in my trainings for the reasons above. Facebook/Tyler Bryan

We see this accident every year in safety training. So sad, but the driver unfortunately was in the wrong. Facebook/Debi Sevener

Zina Ronca, a driver supervisor for DuVall Bus Service in West Grove, Pennsylvania, stirred up conversation on STN’s social media channels with her blog post,, that discussed the decimation of school bus contractors and the industry itself by COVID-19.

Very, very true. Been a small bus contractor for 38 years. Very worried of the future of bus contracting, I’m not a spring chicken to start something different. Facebook/Gary Wetzstein

8 School Transportation News • JANUARY 2021

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