Massachusetts activates up to 250 National Guard troops to drive school vans

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday activated up to 250 National Guard troops to help with school transportation at the start of the academic year, 根据他办公室的一份声明.

星期二, 90 of the Guard personnel will begin training to assist with school transportation services to address staffing shortages in certain school districts across the state, 声明如下.
The safe and reliable transportation to school each day is critical to our children’s safety and education,” 州长 said in a tweet.
      声明说 the personnel will train to drive 7D vehicles, vans that can carry up to 10 乘客.
        As with any school transportation worker, all activated Guard personnel will complete vehicle training to ensure the safety of children and families,” the governor’s office statement says. “Drivers will meet all statutory requirements for 7D drivers. Throughout the mission, the Guard will comply with all health and safety measures.
            The first four school districts are in the cities of Chelsea, 劳伦斯, Lowell and Lynn.
            Districts across the nation have seen higher than normal shortages of bus drivers. Some have offered signing bonuses for new drivers, some have paid parents to drive buses, and at least one has said buses won’t be available for all students each week.