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Driver Shortage Playbook from ODE

February 3rd, 2022 | The Ohio Department of Education, Pupil Transportation Office released the Driver Shortage Playbook today. Here’s more about it.

Driver Shortage Playbook

School transportation departments across the state are reporting difficulties in securing adequate numbers of licensed school bus drivers to cover routes.

This nationwide issue is not exclusive to Ohio, but many Ohio districts are developing creative local solutions.

The Ohio Department of Education is working with these districts and partners across the education community to develop and share strategies and supports.

The Ohio Department of Education is working with partners to help with the driver shortage crisis that we are experiencing in Ohio and nationally.

Transportation directors from urban, suburban and rural districts, along with community and nonpublic school representatives across the state have collaborated to share ideas that districts may consider to address school transportation challenges.

The department has compiled all of the ideas together to create a Driver Shortage Playbook. We are hopeful that these ideas will allow districts and contracted vendors to retain and recruit school bus drivers.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the department with any questions or concerns that you may have at