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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 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 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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