Who is driving your kids to and from school?

Gaston County, N.C. (WJZY) -- Two days into the school year and a teacher shortage isn't the only thing some districts are facing. It turns out in some areas there's a shortage of bus drivers too. As the search continues for drivers, we look at who's taking your kids to and from school.

Brandy Guiton is a teacher assistant. She spends most of her time in the classroom. But when there are not enough bus drivers to go around, Guiton takes the wheel.

"You may be that one person that a kid takes to just for a smile when they get on that bus. You could change a kid's whole day just by you being a bus driver," said Guiton.

She's not the only one wearing more than one hat; others we spoke with are also getting their commercial driver license or CDL.

"We've reached out to teacher assistants, cafeteria workers, we have some assistant principals and coaches who have that bus driver license that we've reached out to cover the routes," said Todd Hagins, public relations officer for the Gaston County School District.
Right now, Gaston County Schools need to fill 25 bus driver positions. But they're not the only ones. Iredell, Lincoln, and Rowan school districts also have open spots.

"It's rewarding because you get to hear them in the afternoons talk about their day. Some of them may have tears in the morning, but you see them leave with a smile," said teacher assistant Brandy Guiton.
And now's the time to apply if you're interested.

"The next training for potential bus drivers is coming up on September1st. Next week is the time to get you in that course so you can complete all the requirements to become a bus driver," said Hagins.
Those requirements include a background check and drug test, plus classroom and on the road training through the DMV.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Cabarrus County Schools say they have all the drivers they need, but are always looking for substitutes.