Schools facing bus driver shortage

Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced in a press conference at City Hall Thursday that the district is facing staffing shortages ahead of the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Cassellius said the district is still looking to fill up to 60 bus driver positions, as well as bus monitor roles. She also described 150 open positions on the district’s food and nutrition services team, including managers and cooks.

School for first-graders through high school seniors begins Sept. 9. Pre-K and kindergarten students return Sept. 13.

Cassellius cited many recent retirements in the district as well as a nationwide shortage in bus drivers in reference to the local shortage.

According to the results of a survey released earlier this summer by School Bus Fleet, a media group focused on student transportation, only 5% of school bus contractors surveyed said they were experiencing no shortage of drivers; nearly half

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