to eLearning, school buses equipped with Wi-Fi routers are parked in loca- tions of poverty or areas with limited internet access, either at apartment complexes or cluster areas that serve a large number of students. Michael Flood, senior vice presi-

dent of strategy at Kajeet, a company who provide these Wi-Fi routers, said the location where school buses are parked throughout the day plays a huge roll in both student and staff safety and security. He advised parking school buses in well-lit and spacious parking lots so students can better adhere to social distanc- ing guidelines. Austin ISD in Texas recent-

ly equipped its entire fleet of 534 school buses with Wi-Fi routes from Kajeet. While the order was placed with the help of grant money prior to the pandemic, Flood fast-tracked the order as schools closed. Now students are utilizing the buses to

get their work done during the day.

Physical Distancing Industry professionals have shared

that the most important aspect to focus on, despite all the challeng- es, is to continue to offer support through increased communication. Employers should continue to have conversations with staff and be up front with information. Flood at Kajeet also discussed the

ongoing importance of communica- tion, adding that one of the panelists on a digital equity session he was a part of recently really took issue with the term social distancing. “He was saying maybe social distancing isn’t the right term, because we are not trying to create distance. We are trying to create community, create closeness.” Staying connected to both

employees and parents during this time is paramount. In March,

Transfinder offered Stopfinder, a two-way communication app, free of charge to clients and nonclients through the rest of the school year. “We believe it’s a critical product, a

critical app that [districts] can use to communicate with their parents. And there are a lot of reasons—why are we doing this?” shared Antonio Civitella, president and CEO of Transfinder. “We think that sometimes, if too much time passes without an update, misin- formation fills that void. People going on social media, saying things. It cre- ates more panic, that’s why we think that timely and accurate information is more important now than ever.” Tyler Technologies announced

that school districts using Traversa routing software, will be able to add Traversa Ride 360 for parent com- munications to their operations, free of charge for three months, to assist with communications during the coronavirus pandemic. ●


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