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Bus Driver Issues Could Still be an Issue in Chesterfield

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Chesterfield Schools are not alone with a shortage of bus drivers (Photo: Pexels)


Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty says the shortage of drivers is a nationwide problem.

“You pick a state, you pick a school system, it’s the same issue.”

This left many parents like Shannon Hayes frustrated during the first week of school last year. She calculated that between her, her husband and their three children, her family have had 51 “first days” of school. 

“Out of those 51 starts that we’ve had in the Hayes family, none of them have been like last week.”

Daugherty says that if the drivers have to do double backs, they will. But he says he wants to keep parents informed. 

“Just to make sure that we’re transparent with them and they understand the process we’re using.”

The County will be sending out information about potential bus issues to parents this week. Chesterfield County expects up to 62,000 students will ultimately enroll this year. 

Ian Stewart/VPM News


 VPM News reached out to Chesterfield Schools for past and current figures for bus drivers but received no response. 



Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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