Bedford County Public Schools offering CDL prep courses amid bus driver shortage

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Like several school districts across our region, Bedford County Public Schools is dealing with a bus driver shortage. However, school officials want to combat that shortage by helping potential candidates become licensed commercial drivers.

Since Nov. 22, Bedford County students have had five days of school. On all five of those days, anywhere between one and nine buses have been delayed or had their routes canceled.

According to Bedford County Public Schools’ Chief Operating Officer, Mac Duis, the district is down eight full-time drivers.

However, the school district has a plan to bring in more bus driver candidates.

Bedford County school officials announced Tuesday, Nov. 30 that they will offer a prep course to help potential drivers get a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

The classes will be held on the following days at the district’s administration building in the school board meeting room at 311 S. Bridge Street in Bedford.

  • Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Several people have already signed up for these classis, but the district says they definitely have a certain type of person in mind for the job.

“We need really positive, caring, confident folks to work with our kids,” said Duis. “First thing in the morning and the last thing in the afternoon every single day, they need to be able to do lots of things at once, pay attention to the road, also have these good relationships with the kids they are driving, so they can do that safely.”

If you are interested, you will have to pre-register for the classes by calling 540-540-1045, ext. 10259.

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