Chicago’s new COVID-19 vaccine requirement has prompted a lot of school bus drivers to quit. Chicago Public Schools said Sunday that 90 bus drivers quit between August 23-27. About 70 of those drivers quit on the same day.
Like many districts across the country, CPS had anticipated a shortage of bus drivers before the city announced vaccination requirements. They had planned to work around the shortage by scheduling earlier pickups. But the loss of another 10% of drivers has left 2,100 students without a ride.
The district’s answer? To pay students to find their own way: $1,000 for the first two weeks of school and $500 a month after that.90 School Bus Drivers Who Don’t Want Vaccines Quit + More • Children’s Health Defense