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Bus drivers send message to Henrico School Board: 'Something needs to be done'

Henrico County Public Schools
Posted at 1:26 PM, Sep 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-25 13:26:12-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Henrico School Board chambers, which are often almost entirely empty on the audience side during meetings, were filled with bus drivers on Thursday evening. Brenda Riddell, a Henrico school bus driver of nine years, addressed the board at public comment, and asked members to walk a day in her shoes.

“We’re overwhelmed, we’re tired, we’re fatigued, we’re pushed, we’re stressed, we’re exhausted,” Riddell said. “Would you put your child on a plane with a pilot under these conditions? Or would you put your child in the taxi with the driver under these conditions? No, you would not because it’s unsafe.”

Several other long-time Henrico County Public Schools bus drivers submitted written public comments regarding paperwork, enforcing assigned seats, pay and exhaustion from running double routes. Click here to continue reading on the Henrico Citizen.