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Bus driver, bus aide shortage challenges Delaware schoolsDate Posted: July 26, 2021
Mental Health Parity Examinations Find Inequities in Insurer BehaviorDate Posted: July 26, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – JULY 23, 2021: Delaware Sees Uptick In New COVID-19 CasesDate Posted: July 23, 2021
DOJ secures conviction in 2018 double murderDate Posted: July 23, 2021
Forest Service Awards $40,000 to Fire CompaniesDate Posted: July 22, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Clean Water for Delaware ActDate Posted: July 22, 2021
COVID Vaccine Locations, Testing, In-Home and School-Based TestingDate Posted: July 22, 2021
AG Jennings Announces $26 Billion Agreement With Opioid Distributors/ManufacturerDate Posted: July 22, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Body Camera LegislationDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Delaware Wildfire Crew Heads to Northern RockiesDate Posted: July 21, 2021
DNREC to Host White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan Public MeetingDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Delaware Has Preserved 143,000 Acres of Farmland After 25th RoundDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Information Session for White Creek Dredging Project to be Held on July 28Date Posted: July 20, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15Date Posted: July 19, 2021
DPH Announces COVID-19 $15M Testing Partnership With Quidel In SchoolsDate Posted: July 19, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – July 16, 2021: Delta Variant Now Predominant Variant Strain in DelawareDate Posted: July 16, 2021
Delaware Engine Crew on California’s Dexter FireDate Posted: July 16, 2021
Division of Small Business Announces Market Pressure Relief Fund Available for State ContractorsDate Posted: July 15, 2021
Delaware Captive Insurance Legislation Signed by GovernorDate Posted: July 15, 2021
FREE Medical, Eye and Dental CareDate Posted: July 15, 2021
Curative, Delaware’s COVID-19 Testing Partner, to Shift Completely to New Testing Method by July 15Date Posted: July 14, 2021
State Resolves Natural Resource Damage ClaimsDate Posted: July 13, 2021
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance to Gather Feedback on Managed Care Organizations, Ways to Improve ProgramDate Posted: July 13, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Says Jeanne Jugan Residence ‘Unauditable’Date Posted: July 13, 2021
Covid-19 Update and Virtual Town Hall: July 13, 7:00pmDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Lt. Gov Hall-Long Roundtable Discussion July 13, 2:00pmDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Governor Carney Lifts COVID-19 State of EmergencyDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Despite End of State of Emergency, DHSS Guidance for Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care Facilities Will ContinueDate Posted: July 12, 2021
ALEINE COHEN NAMED DTI DEPUTY CIODate Posted: July 12, 2021
Advances in Primary Care Reform Made Possible by LegislatureDate Posted: July 12, 2021
DNREC, DPH Offer Tips About TicksDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update-July 9, 2021: No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported in The Last Seven DaysDate Posted: July 9, 2021
DNREC to Close Section of Tri-Valley Trail for RepairsDate Posted: July 9, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Appointment to Council of Governors by President BidenDate Posted: July 8, 2021
7th Delaware Devoted Dads Virtual SummitDate Posted: July 8, 2021
DNREC Issues Notice of Violation to Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park, LLCDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Delaware Division of the Arts Announces First Round of Grants in Support of Arts Projects for Fiscal Year 2022Date Posted: July 8, 2021
AG Jennings Sues Google for Antitrust Law ViolationDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Delaware’s P-EBT Program Will Provide One-Time Benefits to Feed Children During SummerDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Register Now — Virtual Life Conference for People with DisabilitiesDate Posted: July 7, 2021
Division for the Visually Impaired Hosts ‘Blind & Socially Savvy’ Transition Program Event at Delaware State UniversityDate Posted: July 7, 2021
DEMA Encourages Preparations for Tropical Storm ElsaDate Posted: July 7, 2021
WATAR 2021Date Posted: July 7, 2021
Independence Day Holiday Weekend DUI Checkpoint ResultsDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Keith Gibson Indicted On 41 Felony Charges For Multiple Murders, Assaults, And RobberiesDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Delaware STEM students honored at national student conferenceDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Check for Recalled Tyson Chicken Products: DPH Identifies Case of Listeria Linked to Multi-State OutbreakDate Posted: July 5, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – JULY 2, 2021: Delaware Achieves President Biden’s Vaccination GoalDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested TuesdayDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Deadly Poison Hemlock and Spotted Water Hemlock Found in DelawareDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Skunk in Newark Tests Positive For RabiesDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Summer Acceleration MilestonesDate Posted: July 1, 2021
STATEMENTS: Governor Carney and Dr. Rattay on Delaware Reaching 70 Percent Vaccination GoalDate Posted: July 1, 2021
July 10, 2021 Trivia Event at Johnson Victrola Museum CancelledDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Energy Program Services Available OnlineDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital BudgetsDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Expand and Make Permanent Opportunity Funding in Schools Date Posted: June 30, 2021
Scientists Investigate Mysterious Songbird Deaths in Delaware, Several Other States and D.C. AreaDate Posted: June 30, 2021
20 Delaware Teachers Named Local Teachers of the YearDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Auditor McGuiness: Time to Reform Pharmacy Benefit Manager’s Oversight of State Employees’ Prescription Drug PlanDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings on House passage of Senate Bill 147Date Posted: June 29, 2021
Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp to Temporarily Close for ReconstructionDate Posted: June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 29, 2021
Office of the State Treasurer Completes ARPA Funds DistributionDate Posted: June 29, 2021
Delaware Office Of Highway Safety Activates July 4th Statewide DUI Checkpoints + Soberlift Program At The BeachesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Every Public School Student Now Has Digital Access To BooksDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Additional DE Wins Raffle PrizesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Work Based Learning & Jobs For Students And Adults With DisabilitiesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
2021 Diabetes Report Recommends Increasing Access to Programs and Establishing Delaware Diabetes RegistryDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Delaware Engine Crew Fighting Colorado WildfireDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 25, 2021: Delaware Nears President Biden’s Vaccination GoalDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing SitesDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Dejoynay Ferguson Sentenced to Life In Prison for Murder, Abuse of Child VictimsDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Ruth Ann Irwin, BG (Ret.) Sworn in as the U.S. Selective Service System’s Delaware State DirectorDate Posted: June 25, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Bipartisan Infrastructure FrameworkDate Posted: June 24, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Passing General AssemblyDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings on final passage of House Bill 195Date Posted: June 24, 2021
Historical Affairs to Sponsor 4 Programs During July 2021Date Posted: June 24, 2021
El gobernador Carney levantará el Estado de Emergencia por COVID-19 el 13 de julioDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles ExtendedDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: June 23, 2021
Youth Fishing Tournament Results AnnouncedDate Posted: June 23, 2021
Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia para Junio para hogares elegibles de SNAP, TANF y de asistencia generalDate Posted: June 22, 2021
Del. Will Issue Emergency Benefits for June to All SNAP Households, Eligible TANF and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: June 22, 2021
June 22, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 22, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Demands $24.5M in Overcharges Back From State Employees’ PBM, Express ScriptsDate Posted: June 21, 2021
AG Jennings Announces More than 120 Charges in NorthPak Gang IndictmentDate Posted: June 21, 2021
Governor’s Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Board Honors Statewide Winners of Video PSA Scholarship ContestDate Posted: June 21, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 18, 2021: Delaware Cases, Hospitalizations On Steady DeclineDate Posted: June 18, 2021
Student State Board of Education Member Application Due July 2Date Posted: June 18, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing SitesDate Posted: June 18, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Estimates State Overpaid Its Pharmacy Benefit Manager by $24.5 Million over Three YearsDate Posted: June 17, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Black History Education LegislationDate Posted: June 17, 2021
Governor, DHSS Offer Providers Second Round of COVID-19 Support through Health Care Relief FundDate Posted: June 17, 2021
AG Jennings applauds Senate passage of opioid settlement legislationDate Posted: June 16, 2021
Delaware Forum on Racial History and JuneteenthDate Posted: June 16, 2021
Unfair Business Practices Bill Passes Senate, Ready for Governor’s Signature Date Posted: June 15, 2021
AG Jennings Announces Formal Murder Charge in Killing of Cpl. Keith HeacookDate Posted: June 15, 2021
Governor Carney to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency on July 13Date Posted: June 15, 2021

Department of Education | News | Date Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field. Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.
As Delaware’s school districts and charter schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, local officials report the need for more drivers across the state. This staffing shortage also extends to bus aides, who assist with special transportation requirements for students. Because the timeline for getting school bus drivers properly trained and credentialed is governed by federal and state law and regulations, our school districts and charter schools are feeling intense pressure to hire staff immediately so they have staff ready for the start of the school year.
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has been working with our school district/charter school partners to support them with this challenge. DDOE continued to provide driver and aide training throughout the pandemic. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is also supporting our efforts by scheduling road tests in a timely manner and accepting S endorsements from other states once the school bus drivers meet the Delaware training requirements. The state is also offering a stipend to those who complete the training and become fully licensed.
To attract more candidates, the state has increased bus driver compensation and created additional financial incentives, such as double tier and triple tier allowances to more accurately compensate drivers that service more than one route. DDOE is developing a small group of stakeholders to explore additional opportunities that may help address or alleviate these staffing shortages, and the state’s Public School Transportation Committee is continuing to evaluate the funding formula and other transportation-related issues
The media can help by publicly sharing information on school bus driver/aide requirements.
Qualifications to become a School Bus Driverso Must be 18 years or oldero Obtain a CDL-Individual will have to study the CDL manual and pass knowledge test at DMV to receive permit-Districts/Employers will provide trainers to teach the skills needed to past the road test at DMVo Complete a Delaware School Bus Driver Background Checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo Delaware School Bus Driver Physical (w/tb screening)o Complete Behind the Wheel Trainingo Attend Delaware School Bus Driver Training School 2-day class (Offered in each county monthly)o Disqualifying Factors-Not have more than five (5) points (full point value) on the applicant’s three (3) year driving record. NOTE: Recalculated points and the Defensive Driving Course three (3) point credits do not apply to (S) endorsement holders in meeting this requirement.-Not have had the applicant’s license suspended, revoked or disqualified in this State or any other jurisdiction for moving violations in the last five (5) years. This five (5) year period will begin from the date the suspension, revocation or disqualification has been cleared. Certified driving records from other jurisdictions may be requested from these applicants for the DMV to verify compliance with this section.-Never been convicted of any crime under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction as specified in 21 Del.C. §2708(b)(7).
Qualifications to become a School Bus Aideo Must be 18 years or oldero Attend Delaware School Bus Driver/Aide Training (Offered in each county monthly)o Complete a Public School Employee background checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo School Bus Aide Physical (w/TB screening)
Those interested in becoming a School Bus Driver/Aide can contract the DDOE, Transportation Office at (302) 857-3390 or via email DOESchool.Transportation@doe.k12.de.us.

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006
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Department of Education | News | Date Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field. Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.
As Delaware’s school districts and charter schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, local officials report the need for more drivers across the state. This staffing shortage also extends to bus aides, who assist with special transportation requirements for students. Because the timeline for getting school bus drivers properly trained and credentialed is governed by federal and state law and regulations, our school districts and charter schools are feeling intense pressure to hire staff immediately so they have staff ready for the start of the school year.
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has been working with our school district/charter school partners to support them with this challenge. DDOE continued to provide driver and aide training throughout the pandemic. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is also supporting our efforts by scheduling road tests in a timely manner and accepting S endorsements from other states once the school bus drivers meet the Delaware training requirements. The state is also offering a stipend to those who complete the training and become fully licensed.
To attract more candidates, the state has increased bus driver compensation and created additional financial incentives, such as double tier and triple tier allowances to more accurately compensate drivers that service more than one route. DDOE is developing a small group of stakeholders to explore additional opportunities that may help address or alleviate these staffing shortages, and the state’s Public School Transportation Committee is continuing to evaluate the funding formula and other transportation-related issues
The media can help by publicly sharing information on school bus driver/aide requirements.
Qualifications to become a School Bus Driverso Must be 18 years or oldero Obtain a CDL-Individual will have to study the CDL manual and pass knowledge test at DMV to receive permit-Districts/Employers will provide trainers to teach the skills needed to past the road test at DMVo Complete a Delaware School Bus Driver Background Checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo Delaware School Bus Driver Physical (w/tb screening)o Complete Behind the Wheel Trainingo Attend Delaware School Bus Driver Training School 2-day class (Offered in each county monthly)o Disqualifying Factors-Not have more than five (5) points (full point value) on the applicant’s three (3) year driving record. NOTE: Recalculated points and the Defensive Driving Course three (3) point credits do not apply to (S) endorsement holders in meeting this requirement.-Not have had the applicant’s license suspended, revoked or disqualified in this State or any other jurisdiction for moving violations in the last five (5) years. This five (5) year period will begin from the date the suspension, revocation or disqualification has been cleared. Certified driving records from other jurisdictions may be requested from these applicants for the DMV to verify compliance with this section.-Never been convicted of any crime under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction as specified in 21 Del.C. §2708(b)(7).
Qualifications to become a School Bus Aideo Must be 18 years or oldero Attend Delaware School Bus Driver/Aide Training (Offered in each county monthly)o Complete a Public School Employee background checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo School Bus Aide Physical (w/TB screening)
Those interested in becoming a School Bus Driver/Aide can contract the DDOE, Transportation Office at (302) 857-3390 or via email DOESchool.Transportation@doe.k12.de.us.

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006
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Related Topics:  aide, bus, Delaware, driver, requirements, shortage

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