Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Monday Active The state’s National Guard to assist with school transportation.

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running news: Schools across the country are facing a shortage of bus drivers, which has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 80% of school districts reported issuing a substantial number of drivers.

state of play: Baker said Press release That 250 guard personnel will be available for work.

  • They will be required to complete vehicle training “to ensure the safety of children and families.”
  • Training is set to begin on Tuesday, with 90 Guard members sent to aid in the cities of Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell and Lynn.
  • Guard members will operate vans known as “7D vehicles”, which are smaller than regular school buses.

What are they saying: “The Guards have a proven track record of success supporting civilian officers. Their consistent side-by-side training with state and local first responders makes them suitable for a variety of missions,” Baker said.

of note: The governor said the mission would not interfere with the ability of the National Guard to respond to emergencies within the state.

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