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In the May issue, Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discusses on page 10 how transportation leaders should be prepared for every possibility under COVID-19. Visit to read the May issue.

I just want to commend you on an excellent, insightful column. There truly is a vast empty space in front of pupil transportation simply because no one knows what the future holds. Until the medical community has full understanding of what the [new coronavirus] can do, and then develops effective countermeasures, it is impossible to know what the mobility of the world, not just school buses in the U.S., will look like. As you clearly pointed out, if social distancing becomes the new normal and if parents have concerns about the health of their children in any venue with lots of people in close proximity, whether it be a school bus, classroom, playground, etc., then our world is going to change dramatically. I applaud the efforts of everyone within the school transportation community who is thinking ahead. It will take people who can see and understand the big picture and can make recommendations, decisions, etc., based solely on the data and science available, and not get bogged down with the emotionalism and supposition, that way too frequently enters into public policy decision-making. Charles Gauthier Retired Executive Director, NASDPTS

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I have never listened to a podcast in my life. I have been in transportation for 28 years, and I am always looking for information to pass along in trainings and in-services. For the first time ever, I listened to your podcast from May 19, [Episode 8.] I absolutely loved hearing someone talk my language. Kayne Smith [director of transportation for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas] was so well spoken and knowledgeable. He talked about the same things that we have been talking about here in our district. I passed it along to several of my co-workers. I want to thank you for never forgetting the school bus people. It takes a lot to do any of our jobs. Anyone who is passionate about doing this is going to benefit from your information. I’ll be looking for more podcasts because that was even better than reading something. Thank you so much. Tracey Richardson, Route Operations Manager Sumner County Schools in Tennessee

For the Record A May article on danger zone safety incorrectly stated

California’s crossing procedure. School bus drivers are required to escort kindergarten through eighth-grade students across the street, both to and from bus stops.

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