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School leniency may endanger children

You entrust the care of your children to their school, and you hope they will take proper care of your children. Unfortunately, school officials do not always rise to the occasion, particularly when it comes to transportation. 

Everyday, somewhere in America a school bus is involved in an accident. With the lack of regulation and the need for drivers, parents may be surprised to learn about some of the lenient hiring policies some school districts have in place.  

Requirements

By law, schools must review the background of all employees, including bus drivers. Those with criminal backgrounds should not be able to drive. In fact, depending on the convictions, certain individuals may not legally be able to be around children. Also, by federal law, bus drivers should have commercial licenses. However, drivers may avoid this stipulation as long as they stay within the current state. Therefore, many bus drivers are underqualified in the eyes of the law.

Need

Unfortunately, there is a high need for bus drivers in many school districts. This may lead to the administration grasping at straws and overlooking the backgrounds of those willing to work. Though it may address the issue in the short run, in the long run, it may put children in danger. However, some institutions seek to address issues quickly and may not consider long-term ramifications.

Concern

An investigative report by CBS details a number of bus drivers with previous records who have put children in harm's way. Sadly, parents may not become aware of this factor until after the fact. For instance, there have been past instances where the community learns of a bus driver's DUI history after a collision. In such cases, the parents are only able to take legal actions in hindsight.

As you can see, school leniency in the hiring process can be quite concerning. For this reason, it is critical that parents get involved and informed about their children's school and lives in general.

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