PWCS to Compensate Employees Staying Late to Supervise Children Waiting for Buses

Educators will be paid for staying beyond their contractual hours due to late bus runs

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Prince William County Schools will soon be compensating employees who stay at school beyond their contractual hours to supervise students waiting for buses . Dr. LaTanya McDade made the announcement at the Oct. 22 school board meeting, during Superintendent’s Time.

McDade recognized Prince William County is experiencing a school bus driver shortage, a nationwide problem this year. She thanked division bus drivers for all they do for students, saying they are valued members of the school community and serve as, “the first and last interaction our students have with our division each day.”

She said the division continues to work diligently to hire new bus drivers.

In the meantime, some bus often drivers run two routes, returning to a school to pick up a another group of students.. This leads to buses to run late. 

“Right now, we have teachers and staff who are remaining at school past their contractually obligated time to supervise students who are waiting for the buses to come back after their routes for pick up and drop off,” said McDade. “Those staff members are going above and beyond to adapt to the needs of this moment and their dedication is a testament to the caliber of people we have in our district.”

“Moving forward, we will be paying certified and classified staff members who remain beyond their contracted hours to supervise students that are waiting for buses using ARPA funds that are distributed to schools," the Superintendent said.

The Federal government has been distributing ARPA [American Rescue Plan Act] funds or to school divisions. School divisions may spend those funds on strategic long-term investments or temporary operating costs incurred during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diana Gulotta, Director of Communications Services for Prince William County Schools, said PWCS will be releasing more details to PWCS staff today.

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