Staffing shortage delays return for DCPS preschoolers; applications open for bus drivers, monitors

January 12, 2021 | 12:11 am

Updated January 12, 2021 | 6:55 am

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Due to what officials say is a critical shortage of staffing in their transportation department, Daviess County Public Schools had to postpone the return of in-person learning for preschool students until at least Jan. 19. Applications are currently being accepted for bus drivers and monitors — both of which offer paid training and benefits.

DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins wrote a letter to families explaining the situation.

“We are working on a plan to resolve this problem — but there is no guarantee we will be able to find a solution,” Robbins wrote. “State law requires that all school buses transportation preschoolers must have both a driver and a monitor on board. At this time, we do not have enough drivers and monitors  to meet these requirements.”

When the letter was written, Robbins said that “we have nine open positions among our bus drivers and also several employees in that department on quarantine. As COVID-19 continues to be present in our community, we simply must accept that school employees are also susceptible to becoming infected and/or having to quarantine based on exposure.”

Anyone interested in applying for a position with the DCPS transportation department may submit an application online here or call 270-852-7080 to learn more. 

Officials said the positions offer paid training and benefits with a starting pay of $15.30 per hour.

DCPS will hire people who can drive morning or afternoon only, or both.

Robbins said that in the meantime, DCP will continue to provide remote learning for preschool students this week. The district will communicate with parents by Thursday evening to let them know whether DCPS will be able to return preschoolers to the classroom starting Jan. 19. (There is no school on Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.)

“Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to return preschoolers to the classroom within the limitations of available transportation and staffing challenges,” Robbins wrote in the letter. “Your patience and understanding is appreciated. We hope to see your child in our schools again soon.”

January 12, 2021 | 12:11 am

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