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Trends Weathering the Storm


Tis month’s School Transportation News survey asked transportation directors, supervisors, superintendents and fleet managers about experiences with school bus Wi-Fi, driver simulators for training and the impact of weather on school transportation. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, school buses functioned as an imperative form of rescue and evacuation for victims throughout the intense wind, rain and flash floods. School buses have always signified they stand for much more than a means of transportation to and from school. Below are the results from 336 total reader responses from late August through mid-September.


Does your operation currently use Wi-Fi on school Buses?


93% NO


7% YES


Did your operation experience weather challenges over the past school year or so this current school year?


Why do you use Wi-Fi on buses? (More than one answer possible.) 59% Student access to complete homework


27% Driver communications with 23% Video tranfer/download


dispatch 9% Provide hot-spot to local community Other:


9% Do not offer Wi-Fi on buses 9%


Moderate student behavior


What weather challenges did your operation face? (More than one answer possible.)


79% Snow/Icy Roads 55% Heavy rain/Flooding


YES 67%


33% NO


16 School Transportation News • OCTOBER 2017


23% High Winds 11% Tornados


8% Hurricanes/Tropical storms


6% 3%


Heat/fire Fog


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