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Palisades among school districts grappling with bus driver shortage

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Palisades School District is among those across the nation being impacted by a bus driver shortage.
“At the local level, there have been instances so far this year where we have had to combine bus runs, alter extracurricular/athletic transportation and utilize vans, which do not require a CDL, instead of buses,” Pasliades Superintendent Dr. Bridget O’Connell wrote in a message to the community. “Unlike other districts in the state, we have not had to cancel athletic events due to lack of transportation or significantly change afternoon bus runs to make up for a lack of drivers.”
Still, O’Connell added, the district greately appreciates patience as it continues to provide transportation in the midst of the driver shortage.

If interested in driving a van in the morning, afternoon or both (non-CDL license) or a bus (CDL license) for Palisades, contact Gerry Giarratana at 610 847-5131 x5002. The rates for driving are $15.85 per hour non-CDL and $18 per hour CDL. Paid training is provided and you must be 18 to earn your CDL. In addition, Krapf offers select incentives.
PDE and PennDOT are reaching out to approximately 375,000 drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) and issuing a survey that will connect interested drivers with school entities. In addition, PennDOT is temporarily expanding its days of operation to offer CDL skills testing at 23 locations statewide to include Mondays for four weeks beginning Oct. 18.
To schedule a CDL skills test, either visit the Driver and Vehicle Services website or call 717-412-5300.


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