Transportation Department gears up for opening of school
Approximately 80 school bus drivers and monitors recently participated in trainings to sharpen their driving abilities and check off their emergency medical skills training, in order to renew or become state certified.
While keeping all the buses maintained and the drivers meeting all the CDL guidelines plus a Class B endorsement, this school year will be even more challenging because of extra precautions being taken due to Covid-19. The drivers will play an especially important part of a successful re-opening of school. They will be assigning seats on the bus with siblings sitting together each day they are transported. All of the riders are expected to be wearing a mask while on the bus. They will be given hand sanitizer to use as they board. Following each load of students, the bus will return to the bus garage and be sprayed down and cleaned with a sanitizing mixture the school has purchased. Once students arrive at school, they will participate in temperature checks before they can enter.
Most of the routes will be similar, if not the same as last year. Students will begin arriving at school after 7:30 a.m. as school begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 3:15 p.m.
Drivers and monitors participated in online driving videos to sharpen their professionalism. Additionally, In-person emergency medical training/policy updates were scheduled for small groups every 20 minutes observing social distancing while wearing masks.
(l-r:) School Nurse Tonya Parnell worked with Bus Driver Paula Koger at the in-person training.
School Nurse Sandy Latham (right) works with transportation employees (l-r:) Driver Sue Upchurch, Monitor Heather Bell, and Driver June Upchurch on emergency medical training.
Central Office Receptionist Brenda Burton assisted Bus Driver Bill Baker who drives the Jabez route with certification paper work.