Camden fights school bus driver shortage by offering $1,000 to parents who drive kids in

Parents who don’t have a car can get a New Jersey Transit bus pass

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Camden City School District, like many others, is trying to come up with creative solutions to a widespread school bus driver shortage. Camden parents who drive their kids to school could get a check for $1000.

The district sent out a memo outlining the requirements for parents to get paid to drive their kids to school. The parent or household member must be age 18 or older with a valid driver’s license and a car that is registered and insured with at least $15,000 in liability coverage.

Camden Superintendent Katrina McCombs says the goal is to get kids back in the classroom to make up for the learning loss from online classes last year.

Any parent with questions is encouraged to call the district at 856-966-2507.

"We have individuals ready to walk them through the processes to answer their questions because, again, it is our goal to make sure that we are removing any barriers to students being able to have in person instruction," McCombs said.

Parents who don’t have a car can get a New Jersey Transit bus pass for their kids. Any student in 8th grade or lower must be accompanied by an adult, and bus passes are available for those adults as well. Virtual classes are available for students with no transportation.

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