EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - For many students at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, school days begin and end on the school bus.
“I am the first face of EVSC they see in the morning and the last face of EVSC they see in the afternoon," bus driver Brittney Scarton said.
As a bus driver, her job is simple - get the students from point A to point B safely, but that’s just scratching the surface.
“I have a mask that they can see my smile through," Scarton said.
A smile she’s brought with her on this bus for the last seven years.
“No matter what is going on my personal life, I’m always happy with these kiddos," she said.
However, EVSC is facing a problem; there aren’t as many people like Scarton available to drive students this year.
“We have had some drivers for whatever reason, whether it be health reasons, their age, that decided they did not want to drive this year because of COVID," EVSC Public Information Officer Jason Woebkenberg said.
Although there is enough to make sure the more than 200 routes are driven, they have had to pull a few mechanics to fill in.
“We’re always going to do whatever it takes," Woebkenberg said. “We’re going to get every kid delivered to every school, students are never going to be waiting an excessive amount of time."
“I love my job, and no matter the anxiety that’s come with it this school year, I can’t imagine myself not doing this," Scarton said.
EVSC is now calling on the community for help.
“There’s a lot that goes into it," Woebkenberg said. “We value these school bus drivers, we’re always promoting this position."