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Individualized education programs never ceased during the pandemic, but student transporters learned—and continue to learn—lessons that can improve service for students with special needs


Written by Carol Brzozowski 42 School Transportation News • JUNE 2021


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he response of Washington, D.C., police officers to a school bus after a boy with autism kept removing his mask illustrates the broader issue of the role trans- portation employees should assume on an Individual


Education Program (IEP) team to ensure everyone is on the same page, especially regarding COVID-19 protocols. According to a spokesperson for the Office of the State Super-


intendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington D.C., the agency called the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in late March to help de-escalate a situation of a parent who would not leave a school bus, which the spokesperson claimed was impairing the ability of the bus driver to transport students to school. “The call was made after the driver and her dispatcher had been in conversation with the parent and there was disagreement


PHOTO COURTESY OF FIRST STUDENT


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