A suburban Indianapolis district is signing up teachers to drive school buses before and after their usual time in the classroom.
Roger McMichael, the associate superintendent for the Carmel Clay schools, said the district has struggled for years to find drivers. Driving buses can be more convenient than other second jobs available to teachers, he said, and a teacher’s ability to manage a classroom can help on a bus.
The first teacher to take the district up on the offer went through an extensive licensing process, including weeks of training. Five more teachers are now going through the training.
The Indiana district’s plans come as school systems throughout the country struggle to find school bus drivers.
A version of this article appeared in the July 17, 2019 edition of Education Week as To Ease Shortage, Indiana District Recruits Teachers to Drive Buses