Letter to parents on transportation
July 27, 2020
I would like to begin by saying that we miss you and hope that everyone is well. During the time that students have been attending classes remotely, there have been many opportunities for us, as a Transportation Department, to develop our strengths in areas we had not thought of before. We have learned how to disinfect buses more thoroughly, how to help protect ourselves and those around us from becoming ill, and that when we work together, as a team, these challenges are easier to conquer. This coming school year, things may not look as they have before but, together, we will all do our best to help our students succeed.
Our Transportation Department’s goal is to transport our students to and from school in the safest way we can, just as always. This year, we have new challenges; therefore, additional safeguards will be implemented. Buses will be sanitized between each student cohort, school bus drivers and monitors will be wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing, to the extent practicable, on our buses. We have also reduced bus occupancy and will have students load and unload in a way that will reduce potential contact with others. When busing information is sent out at the end of August, I will also include information on bus stop etiquette, new seating methods that will be utilized by students, and any other items that may help our children know what procedures to anticipate when school begins.
Please find an attached request for the transportation form for this school year. All families need to complete and return this form as soon as possible. We will need to receive your preference by August 7 in order to plan for busing. It is important for the district to know if your child will need transportation services or if they will receive transportation to school from you or outside sources.
Our school district is looking for school bus drivers and substitutes bus monitors. We will train. Drivers that are permanent, typically four hours per day, qualify for health insurance and participation with the NYS Retirement plan. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents of children that attend our schools to become part of our school community while generating income. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Ann M. Potts