Massachusetts Calls On The National Guard To Mitigate A School Bus Driver Shortage

Massachusetts Calls On The National Guard To Mitigate A School Bus Driver Shortage

Massachusetts Calls On The National Guard To Mitigate A School Bus Driver Shortage National Guard troops are used to being activated during times of natural disaster or civil unrest — but in Massachusetts, they're being called out to drive students to school. The office of Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that as many as 250 Guard members would be made available "to address staffing shortages in certain districts," according to a press release. It said that 90 would be training immediately for service in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn. The Guard will take over driving duties on some 7D vehicles. Known as "school pupil transport vehicles," 7D vehicles are generally vans. The announcement comes amid a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers due to the ongoing pandemic, battles over masks …
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