The New Role of Transportation in the New Normal Routine for Schools

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As we look at the need to implement social distancing guidelines, what transportation adjustments will districts need to provide? How will school districts address the need for more buses, more bus drivers, and ensure an equitable distribution of services to students? Join this discussion panel of experts as school district superintendents, school board members, and school business officials make plans to tackle reopening schools together. Join the leaders from: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, TX; the National Association of Pupil Transportation; the National School Transportation Association; and Blue Bird Corporation as they discuss ideas on how to adjust to the challenges.

Disclaimer: This webinar was originally recorded on June 30, 2020. Some of the federal laws and regulations may have changed since this was originally presented. Please refer to the most recent laws and regulations for guidance on this topic.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand the financial implications transportation will have on school districts, including increased labor and professional development costs.
Objective 2: Learn how to create a plan based on a school district’s bus needs and availability, including the necessary changes to current vehicles per CDC guidelines.
Objective 3: Understand the available resources that can help your school district create transportation policies, taking into consideration the impact on the wellbeing of students.


Pete Japikse, Senior Transportation Consultant, Ohio School Boards


Karen W. Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, Texas

Kayne M. Smith, Director of Transportation, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, Texas

Mike Martin, Executive Director, National Association of Pupil Transportation

Curt Macysyn, Executive Director, National School Transportation Association

John Barrington, Director of Product Planning, Blue Bird Corporation

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SFO Domain(s):

Management of Ancillary Services



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