Studies done by The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. The Unionville Chadds Ford School District transportation department proudly owns and maintains a fleet of 80 school vehicles, used to transport nearly 4,500 students to over 60 school locations. When fully staffed, the department employs 70 bus drivers. Our district owned fleet of buses is maintained by three skilled diesel mechanics.
Bus schedules are designed by the transportation office during the summer. As student ridership changes throughout the school year, bus schedules are modified and adjusted in order to maintain an efficient transportation system, intended to accommodate the vast needs of our many students.
Bus Driver Shortage - A National Crisis
A recent national survey revealed that the majority of school organizations or school bus service contractors in the United States are facing a school bus driver shortage that would be characterized as moderate to severe.
Our mission is to find and retain qualified individuals to transport our most precious cargo. Staffing remains a challenge in transportation for a number of reasons; namely due to the daily split schedule, the odd hours of work, and the rigorous licensing and credentialing requirements. As we all work together to overcome this challenge, we appreciate the patience of our loyal and dedicated school bus drivers who pitch in to help out when we are short staffed. In times of driver shortage, we spend a great deal of time splitting and combining bus routes to provide full coverage and deliver our students as quickly and safely as possible. On most days, office staff and mechanics are out covering bus routes too.
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The following news articles highlight some examples of how school districts around the country are struggling to retain school bus drivers: