C’mon, you know you’ve wanted to since 1st grade: Get behind the wheel at Saturday’s ‘Drive the Bus’ event

The driving course at an HCPS "Drive the Bus" event in July. A similar event will take place Saturday at Hermitage High School. 
The driving course at an HCPS “Drive the Bus” event in July. A similar event will take place Saturday at Hermitage High School. 

Henrico, Va. Oct. 11, 2021 — This Saturday, get behind the wheel of a big yellow school bus and see what it’s like to be part of the team that transports 28,000 students a day across 245 square miles. Henrico County Public Schools’ “Drive the Bus” event at Hermitage High School is a hands-on chance for potential bus drivers to take a bus for a spin around a driving course. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot near the school’s Chester E. Fritz Stadium. (A valid Virginia driver’s license is required.) Participants are asked to sign up beforehand at www.henricoschools.us/transportation/.


Drive the course and learn about the advantages of becoming an HCPS bus driver, including job duties, work schedule, pay and benefits. Attendees can interview at the event for positions with the school division. As a qualified bus driver candidate, you’ll also be paid as you train. Driving a school bus is more than just driving, it’s about playing a crucial role in the lives of students, parents and the Henrico community.

A similar event this summer saw about 70 interested drivers get behind the wheel, as well as members of the media.

HCPS “Drive the Bus” Event

When: Oct. 16 (Saturday) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Hermitage High School (parking lot near Chester E. Fritz Stadium), 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

Who: Interested bus driver candidates. Please sign up ahead of time at www.henricoschools.us/transportation/.

The school division is offering newly hired bus drivers a bonus of from $1,000 to $3,000, paid in installments throughout the year, when they join our transportation team. The school division has also offered new safe driver and attendance incentives to drivers already on staff.

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; be able to obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and a drug test. Depending on the situation, candidates with felony convictions may be eligible for employment.

Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664.