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But today, HopSkipDrive says it now contracts directly


with districts in several states. Unlike other service pro- viders, HopSkipDrive also allows parents to book rides for their children with eight hours of advanced notice. Company co-founder Joanna McFarland acknowl-


edged the rideshare model does come with positive and negative connotations. “I think we can often get referred as ‘Uber for Kids,’ and


I don’t think that really reflects who we are and what we do,” she said. “That connotes you’re going to get a different driver every time and that care drivers have no training to work with children. It even has some connotations around safety, and nothing could be further from the truth.” While students are not guaranteed the same driver ev-


ery day, HopSkipDrive said it does offer a consistent pool of drivers. Schools can also schedule recurring rides, in order to increase consistency. “One of the major benefits that we provide is flexibil-


ity for a school district. Instead of having to purchase vehicles and having to deal with overutilization or un- derutilization,” McFarland added. “Our network of drivers allows us to really arrange that transportation solution and find a match with the address and a care driver the next day, to keep stability for that child.”


But McFarland said HopSkipDrive is supplementing existing school-bus service, not replacing it. “I think a bus full of passengers is one of the safest and most efficient ways to get kids to school. It’s just the reality that more and more there are times when student needs can’t be supported by a bus because it’s impractical, or buses aren’t available, or there are driver shortages,” McFarland explained. “We’re not here to replace buses. We’re here to provide a solution that com- plements existing services in place.” Josh Rice, director of transportation for Klein In-


dependent School District in Texas, began using HopSkipDrive in August 2019 to transport 42 McKin- ney-Vento students. Klein ISD, a surburban distric near Houston, transports 23,000 students daily. “Its flexibility ensures we can arrange transportation


within hours of a student’s need arising, not days,” he said. “They have an easy-to-use system, which allows me to make changes from my own desk.” On top of HopSkipDrive’s qualifications, Rice said Klein ISD has the ability to set up its own rules for op- erating the rides. “If we want the driver to wait a certain period of time, for example, we can specify that for a particular set of rides,” he explained.


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