A recent spike in deaths from COVID-19 among school bus drivers in several states has left many districts with few options for transporting students, according to a recent report from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
The group notes that according to various news reports and a Twitter account that tracks school personnel who were “lost to [COVID],” school bus drivers in almost a dozen states have died of the virus since last month, including 12 deaths in Georgia alone since the school year started.
Ronna Weber, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, notes that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires that all travelers on public transit, including school buses for both public and private institutions, wear masks, “there’s no enforcement on that. Police are not going to board a school bus” to enforce this rule.
She added that about 500,000 school buses, on estimate, are used on any given day, and that since many of their drivers are older people who have retired from their previous occupation, they are more at-risk from COVID-19.... Read More: Newsmax