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Cottonwood-Oak Creek Schools needs bus drivers

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The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District needs your help: The district is in critical need strained due to lack of bus drivers.

According to a Friday Facebook post by Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King, school districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy.

Bus drivers fill a valuable role in the life of students because they are the first and last school staff to have contact with a child during the day.

This can set the tone for how a child’s day begins and ends.

For families and students, the shortage can mean longer waits for a ride to and from school and sometimes crowded buses.

The district encourages everyone to have patience while ensuring each child’s safe travel to and from school.

COCSD is problem-solving by utilizing mechanics, custodians and other school employees to fill the gaps where needed, but there is still a shortage of drivers.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a bus driver, COCSD offers paid training. These are part-time positions.

You can find more information at the district website jobs page.

If parents are able to pick up child(ren) up from school upon release, it could help ease some of the strain for drivers at this time, until the district is able to fill driver positions and offer full transportation routes.

If you should require any additional information or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the superintendent’s office or call 928- 634-2288, Ext. 1144.

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