CAMDEN — One of the many occupations continuing to weather a COVID-induced worker shortage in New Jersey is school bus drivers, and with that in mind, this city's school district is now offering parents $1,000 if they or a member of their household transport their children to and from school each day for the 2021-22 academic year.

In a letter to families, Neil Dwyer of the district Division of Operations acknowledged the "many" students districtwide who are still deprived of public transportation almost a month into the school year, and presented two alternative options.

The first, a $1,000 parent contract, is being made available to students currently attending a Camden City school and eligible for transportation services. The parent or household member contracted to provide car rides must have a current driver's license, registration, and insurance with a $15,000 liability coverage.

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An interest form for that option has been made available online.

The second alternative is a monthly NJ Transit bus ticket, also offered to eligible district students, but who must be accompanied by a household member age 18 or older. Anyone interested in the bus ticket program should email

Patrick Lavery is New Jersey 101.5's afternoon news anchor. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email

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