Minnesota School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Driven to serve: One stop at a time
Minnesota is facing its most significant school bus driver shortage in history, according to a release.
With a lack of school bus drivers, it frequently requires other district employees, like mechanics or administrators, to be pulled out of their roles to drive buses. It can also result in fewer or canceled field trips and after-school activities.
Thousands of hardworking school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day across Minnesota.
The press conference held by the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association and Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation brought attention to the problem by sharing ways that school districts are recruiting and accommodating school bus drivers, as well as discuss the benefits of the profession.
The press conference was held at Hopkins Public Schools Transportation Office Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
It featured speakers expressing their gratitude as well as remarks by school bus drivers and other professionals in the industry who will share their first-hand experiences.
The MSBOA and MAPT presented Ethan Walz and Dave Hellstern awards for exemplifying the passion and dedication we need in the school bus industry. Ethan is only 20, but he loves making a difference in the lives of students each day. Dave is in his second career but finds the camaraderie of his fellow drivers as well as the ability to connect with the youth in his community a rewarding part of his day. He says not to be intimidated by learning to drive! If you are interested in a driving career, we can connect you with someone in your area!