Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

National Guard Deployed in Massachusetts to Take Children to School

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The Massachusetts National Guard has been activated in several cities to help take children to school amid a shortage of bus drivers. “The Governor’s order makes up to 250 personnel available. Beginning with training on Tuesday, 90 Guard members will prepare for service in Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, and Lynn,” Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said in a Sept. 13 statement. “These Guard personnel will be available to serve as drivers of school transport vans known as 7D vehicles to address staffing shortages in certain districts.” Baker’s statement noted that “as with any school transportation worker, all activated Guard personnel will complete vehicle training to ensure the safety of children and families,” while the drivers will meet requirements for 7D drivers. “Throughout the mission, the Guard will comply with all health and safety measures.” Chelsea, Massachusetts, is about four miles northeast of Boston, while Lynn, Massachusetts, is about 12 miles north of …

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