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School Transportation News received 346 total responses to an email survey sent in June to 5,417 readers with the job titles of transportation director and supervisor, for a response rate of 6 percent. They answered questions about school start-up operations amid COVID-19. Browse more data throughout this month’s edition.


Does your transportation department have a plan in place for a child displaying a temperature or COVID-19 symptoms at the school bus stop?


52% No, we do not have a plan yet but are considering temperature checking 31% We are not temperature checking/does not apply to me 17% We are temperature checking and have a plan (Out of 262 responses.)


Is your district still planning on conducting field trips and activity trips that you would provide transportation for?


57% I don’t know 27% No 16% Yes


(Out of 293 responses.)


Do you forecast needing additional budget money for the upcoming school year?


37% Yes 36% We have not calculated yet 25% Funding needs will remain the same


2% We will need less funding (Out of 283 responses.)


How much additional funding for this upcoming school year do you anticipate needing?


“+$24 million” Michael Martinez, San Bernardino City Unified in California


“Approximately 30 percent extra for COVID-19 related expenses.” Russell Newbold, Community Council of Idaho


“$600,000 due to more drivers and buses.” Clyde Pearson, Ignacio School District in Colorado


“Between 10 to 15 percent more than originally budgeted.” Zada Stamper, Laurel Public Schools in Montana


14 School Transportation News • AUGUST 2020


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