Covid Induced School Bus Driver Shortage Causing Pre-Schoolers in Daviess County to Remain Virtual

Covid has been putting a constant strain on available school bus drivers in Daviess County since this school year began, and now the problem has gotten so bad that the school system is unable to provide transportation to the youngest members of their schools.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 4:16 PM

Daviess County reporting another 147 additional covid cases on Tuesday, and these consistently high covid numbers impacting bus drivers in the 'Boro.

Nine of them currently out from work due to the virus.

“Right now we’re kind of at a shortage of driving personnel, drivers and monitors," said Downy Ward, transportation director for Daviess County Public Schools. "We usually have about 115 drivers, and I’m down to around 100. Ideally, I’d like to have about 20 more drivers than what we have right now.”

Ward says it’s been a struggle all year long to keep enough drivers due to covid and the fears of contracting it, and this shortage of drivers having consequences for the youngest members of the Daviess  County Public School system.

“We’re currently suspending transportation of preschool children right, and that’s affecting a lot of people, but right now it has suspended the in person," said Ward.

And with preschoolers having to stay virtual due to this bus driver shortage, the need for more workers is dire, and Ward said if you do decide to become a driver for Daviess County Schools, it will be safe.

“The wash your hands, wear a mask, wash your hands, social distancing," said Ward. "All the things that everyone else is dealing with, we’re dealing with that on a scale. Sanitizing the busses after each use, between runs and everything. Keeping the children as safe as we possible can, and keeping our own personnel.”

Ward says they’re trying to get this shortage solved immediately, and you can go visit this link:  https://daviess.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5157 to apply for one of these open positions.

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