North American school districts can now get Stopfinder Communication free of charge through the end of 2020 instead of the end of this school year.
Starting Tuesday, Bedford County (Va.) Public Schools will expand its meal delivery service to include breakfast and lunch deliveries to some of its elementary school bus stops. The district initially opened nine school sites for meal distribution on March 18, according to a news release from the district. Those curbside pickup sites reportedly served over 6,000 meals to more than 3,000 students last week, the district said in a post on its Facebook page.
In Kinston, N.C., Lenoir County Public Schools is conducting similar efforts to ensure students have meals during the COVID-19 crisis.
On Monday, Lenoir County Public Schools expanded its meal distribution at five school sites to include deliveries at 20 school bus stops in the community. The district provided more than 10,300 meals through the five school sites over four days last week, according to a post on the district’s website.
“Our goal is to reach as many students as possible, including those whose families may not be able to get to our five cafeteria sites every day,” said Danelle Smith, Lenoir County Public Schools’ child nutrition director. “The district’s transportation department and bus drivers stepped up without hesitation to make this delivery service possible.”
Meanwhile, in Oregon, McMinnville School District’s bus drivers and staff are going the extra mile when delivering meals to students.
Karin Nichols, one of the district’s kitchen managers, said in a video posted on the district’s website, that students and parents were cheering on the first day of meal delivery services, which began on March 16.
“There were about 40 students and parents in the street cheering as we came by, and what a feeling that was. In fact, I started to tear up,” she said. “I just want to say what a wonderful feeling it is to work for a school district that we are all here for the kids.”
On the second day of McMinnville School District’s meal delivery service, Janet Coffman, one of the district’s bus drivers, set out a box of children’s books so students could find something that would entertain them and maintain their reading skills during the school closures, according to Yamhill News Register.
School transportation industry suppliers are also coming to the aid of school districts during the COVID-19 crisis, providing new technology and software solutions.
Tyler Technologies announced on Monday that school districts using the company’s Traversa routing software will be able to add Traversa Ride 360 for parent communication to their operation free of charge until June 23.
Through this mobile application, districts can facilitate communication with the families they serve and help ensure access to information about food drop-off points or similar means of transportation-based assistance, according to Tyler. Users can get updates via notifications or through integrated tools within the Traversa routing solution.
Meanwhile, tech startup Transportant is working with school districts to use the company’s platform, which uses video-based technology to allow students, parents, and school administrators to better monitor school buses assisting in operations, according to Startland News.
John Styers, co-founder of Transportant, told the newspaper that districts are looking to use the platform to provide “moving study halls” for students in need of internet access and to assist in the routing and planning for meal distribution.
MyView is designed to provide parents and caregivers details and real-time location information for their children’s school buses. The app’s dispatcher portal can also help school districts manage general school bus communications.
The proposed federal legislation aims to bolster support to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program during the COVID-19 pandemic with measures such as eliminating restrictions on non-payroll expenses and extending the rehiring deadline.
CalAmp and Synovia’s Here Comes the Bus allows pupil transporters to create designated stops in the app without using routing software.
Drivers from more than 150 of the school bus company’s locations deliver meals and instructional materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some also transport medical workers.
The paper details the reasons for the association’s support for seat belts, common objections to adding them to school buses, and guidance on making the decision to require lap-shoulder belts in new buses.
Two winners will each receive a $50 cash prize. Entries must be received by June 11.
The Michigan-based school bus company partners with Schuler Books to present the Dean Transportation Story Time Series. Bus drivers read children’s books in videos on the school bus company’s Facebook page.
Conducted by School Bus Fleet, findings include adjusting personnel duties, some downsizing due to school closures, and significantly boosted cleaning routines. Respondents anticipate major routing changes as schools reopen.
Crucial practices include educating and negotiating with districts to continue compensation while buses aren’t running, following safety procedures consistently, and keeping abreast of loan and legal resources, experts say.
A researcher’s study finds that the difference between bus drivers who experience bullying often and those who don’t is the relationship between drivers and school administrators.
Because COVID-19 forced Kent (Wash.) School District to end its school year early, bus drivers missed the chance to say goodbye to students and congratulate graduating seniors. They make up for that in this touching video.
The recommendations include seating one student every other row, increased cleaning and disinfecting of buses, and drivers wearing cloth masks.
The proposed legislation aims to bolster support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Paycheck Protection Program with measures such as eliminating restrictions on non-payroll expenses and extending the rehiring deadline.
The director of transportation for the School District of Manatee County (Fla.) discusses springing into action at the onset of the pandemic to provide meals, mobile devices, and connectivity to students and potential long-term impacts on student transportation brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.
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