When we’re talking about medically fragile students, many of which already have a weakened immune system, and even some of your IEP students, being able to give them the same driver and the same vehicle every day is critical to their well-being
Some districts are talking about only having elementary and special education students in classrooms while middle and high school students continue remote learning. In order to keep social distancing recommendations, some of those elementary students would attend classes in the local high school or middle school buildings.
Most of our conversations with directors have revolved around what transportation for these students might look like come next year.
As student transportation professionals, keeping our students safe and healthy is our most important responsibility.
Grouping students by household is one possible solution that helps to control their exposure to viruses or even bacteria that others may be carrying without even knowing it… Click for Video
Many districts are considering implementing a no-touch loading and unloading policy for all of their transportation providers. This obviously doesn’t change anything for general population school bus riders, but for students with special needs it could be new way of doing things that parents and teachers will have to get used to.
It means that parents would be responsible for loading their children in the vehicle during morning pick-up and unloading them at the end of the day… Click for Video
Numerous districts are considering a hybrid learning model. Some students will return to the classroom 2-3 days a week, with the rest of their learning online. The rest of the students will have a completely online experience, at least for the first semester.
For your buses, this could mean half capacity, or even less than that. It could last for just the first semester, or it could go on through the end of the year… Click for Video
It’s commonplace for students with an IEP are required to ride alone.
Luckily that stays pretty consistent from year to year, and you probably already have these students covered. But that doesn’t mean that you’re not still feeling the strain of getting everyone else taken care of… Click for Video