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School Transportation News Published by STN Media Group


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The School Transportation Nation podcast launched in March and features Publisher Tony Corpin and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discussing hot topics in the school transportation industry. Recent coverage has focused on the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to all episodes at stnonline.com/tag/podcast.


Thank you for all the valuable information you will be providing now and in the future for the school bus industry. I am happy to have found you. YouTube/Barbara Mora School Bus Driver Arcadia Unified School District in California


In April, we posted an STN web poll that asked, “Should the ongoing testing of all school bus drivers to pass physical fitness requirements be a national requirement?” Here is what some readers shared:


I think yearly or every other year medical exams should be enough. If you’re able to provide first aid and CPR, that’s all the agility you need to drive a school bus. I’m no spring chicken anymore and not as fit as I once was, and it would be horrifying to lose my job over a few extra pounds, or not being agile as a 30-something year old. Facebook/Lisa Hentges Womack


My district does a PT test every 30 months. Jumping out of the back of a bus within 20 seconds, up and down steps three times within 30 seconds, hold brake for 60 seconds, foot to gas and brake 10 times within so many seconds. Now, tell the trainer what you would do in an emergency evacuation. Facebook/Debra Russell


The National School Transportation Association asked U.S. senators in April to include school bus drivers as essential workers to make them eligible for a stimulus package aimed to provide frontline workers with hazard pay. Visit stnonline.com/go/72 to read the article.


In our community, we have drivers delivering meals on wheels to the elders and delivering school packets to students. Facebook/Maria Vera-Perez


Our drivers are at home, but the shops and mechanics are working. Facebook/Lance Ratcliff


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that seeks the continued payment of public school transporters as well as private contractors and any shared services provider during statewide closures. Visit stnonline.com/go/73 to read the full article.


This is great, I just hope it is true [so] contractors can stay afloat. Facebook/Kimberly Saglamdemir


10 School Transportation News • JUNE 2020


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CONTRIBUTORS: Linda Bluth Debbie Curtis Art Gissendaner Kari Lydersen Julie Metea Amanda Pampuro


James Romeo Mark Rowh Art Segal David Volz Eric Woolson


EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Marshall Casey, Consultant Denny Coughlin, Consultant Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International Ned Einstein, Transportation Alternatives Launi Harden, Washington County (UT) School District Pete Meslin, Consultant Alexandra Robinson, Consultant Michael Shields, Salem-Kaiser (OR) Public Schools


HOW TO CONTACT STN: School Transportation News welcomes expressions of all views. Letters should be brief and are subject to editing for grammar, style and space. Submissions must be legible, include a signature, job title/employer name, valid mailing and/or email address, and telephone number. Unsigned letters or letters signed only with a pseudonym or initials will not be used. Email letters to: ryan@stnmedia.com or send via U.S. mail to:


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