The health crisis created by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19) have had effects throughout America and the world that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. The impacts have extended to all facets of society, including public education and student transportation. The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) has developed this Information Report to help answer questions that student transportation professionals have either asked or that we are anticipating. The report is in a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format. It is not intended to be all inclusive; we welcome additional questions and comments. We will update the report as we gain more useful information. It is a living document.
School bus transportation professionals have done an excellent, unparalleled job in providing safe transportation to America’s school students. Few of us are authorities on public health matters, however. The information herein is drawn from a variety of sources, including state directors, recent news reports of state and local school district practices, guidance and information published by other associations, and federal or state agencies. It should not be construed as recommendations or best practices, but it may prove useful as states, LEAs (local education agencies), charter schools, and contractors work to make their best, informed decisions about the many unforeseen matters the crisis has raised for student transporters.
We are attempting to provide resources to assist student transporters with their specific, unique tasks during this challenging time, but without duplicating the many excellent sources of public health information that are available. The report does not repeat how persons should wash their hands, for instance, but the Resources and Links list on the last page contains some overall sources of information on the pandemic. Our best defense is to stay informed, so we recommend that our members and others continue to monitor this wealth of public information.
3. Child Nutrition
5. Curriculum and Instruction
Assignments and Instruction
*Climate Control Day Packets:
7. Special Services Department
9. Miscellaneous Notes:
10. Cancelled Events
11. Title I, Part A, Title I Part D, Title III
Superintendent Recommendations for Procedures and Operations
We have some priorities to complete tasks on a daily basis to keep instruction flowing and meals delivered. Communication with students and families is key to keep this happening in as normal a fashion as possible. Some tasks can be completed in different ways and from different locations. Keeping all of this in mind and to keep in mind everyone’s safety, we need to work together with flexibility and to honor our obligations to students.
We should be able to meet our obligations with flex schedules aligned and unique to each job description. This will be achievable utilizing technology from different locations to ensure student access, communications for all that is necessary and administrative oversight. Staff willing to initiate and complete task lists will not be held to a full workday on location. Any tasks that may be completed remotely is allowed and encouraged. We have asked for volunteers to complete the priorities from whatever location and in whatever flex schedule they can. When tasks are completed, schedules can be shortened. Those cooperating to volunteer to come in on site because certain tasks can’t be completed off site are appreciated and may leave when tasks are completed.
Cooks Task List
Marion County Schools will post relevant news, updates, and guidance for parents, students, teachers, and staff on this page to keep you informed.