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Staffing shortage: school districts need bus drivers, crossing guards

Aug 22, 2023, 9:24 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY — School is officially in session, but there is a staffing shortage in some vital positions. School districts need to quickly fill jobs for bus drivers and crossing guards.

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Staffing shortages 

As students jump into a new school year,  some will encounter delays on their way to and from campus. The Salt Lake City School District is scrambling to fill those vacancies as soon as possible. 

According to the school district, buses will be running behind schedule for the week as they work to hire drivers. There is currently a staffing shortage of bus drivers. 

“This year we’re down, I believe, just eight people this morning as we start up school,” said Dr. Liz Grant, the superintendent of Salt Lake City School District. “We still are looking for more drivers and we’d love to have people apply for that position … but today we should be on time and ready for our first day of school.”

Anyone interested can apply at the district website

In need of crossing guards

On Monday, Mayor Erin Mendenhall released a statement calling for crossing guards in Salt Lake City. 

Mendenhall noted that 12,000 kids will attend Salt Lake’s public schools. Crossing guards, said Mendenhall are essential to assist the thousands of students walking to and from school.

Open positions are listed online at  Salt Lake City’s career center. 

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Staffing shortage: school districts need bus drivers, crossing guards