Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has activated the National Guard to take kids to faculty amid a large scarcity of bus drivers.
Up to 250 Guard troops have been activated this week to fill the scarcity.
“The Governor’s order makes up to 250 personnel available. Beginning with training on Tuesday, 90 Guard members will prepare for service in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, and Lynn,” the governor’s workplace introduced in an announcement on Monday. “These Guard personnel will be available to serve as drivers of school transport vans known as 7D vehicles to address staffing shortages in certain districts.”
The assertion added that “as with any school transportation worker, all activated Guard personnel will complete vehicle training to ensure the safety of children and families. Drivers will meet all statutory requirements for 7D drivers. Throughout the mission, the Guard will comply with all health and safety measures.”
The assertion mentioned that the “mission” to get children to won’t intrude with the Guard’s means to reply to and help in emergencies inside the Commonwealth.
The secure and dependable transportation to faculty every day is crucial to our youngsters’s security and schooling.
Right now, I activated up to 250 members of @TheNationsFirst to help and help native communities in their faculty transportation efforts.
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) September 13, 2021
On Monday, Baker tweeted that “The safe and reliable transportation to school each day is critical to our children’s safety and education.”