Study: Bus drivers want to make bigger difference in students’ lives

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As school districts continue to deal with bus driver shortages, researchers at UAlbany are looking at ways districts can retain drivers.

After conducting interviews of more than 300 drivers across 32 school districts, it was found drivers are more likely to stay when they believe they are making a difference in students’ lives.

Researchers suggest districts should recognize drivers for their work and give them a chance to take on a larger role in the district. This could mean allowing drivers to take on additional roles as teaching assistants, monitors or aides.