Don’t accept the status quo: 2022 school transportation resolutions
Written by Karen Sampson
1. Not having enough drivers
It’s no secret that school districts across the country have been hit hard by a severe bus driver shortage. This is not a new issue but it is one that has, unfortunately, been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 80% of school districts have reported that bus driver shortages have inhibited their transportation operations. The current reality is that more and more students — including those who are in foster care or experiencing homelessness or with special needs — have unique situations that require creative school transportation solutions.
With HopSkipDrive, school districts can enjoy much-needed flexibility when it comes to driver supply by adding a new resource — a network of highly vetted HopSkipDrive CareDrivers — to their student transportation options. CareDrivers undergo a rigorous 15-step certification process, which includes background checks, fingerprinting and five years of caregiving experience as requirements (to name a few). CareDrivers also drive their own personal, four-door vehicles, which must pass annual inspections and be less than 10 years old.
2. Underutilized and inefficient bus routes
3. No visibility into ride status
“We love that HopSkipDrive utilizes technology to communicate simultaneously with families and with Spokane Public Schools Transportation so that we know exactly where students are in the ride process at all times. With HopSkipDrive, student safety is a priority! The technology provides for accurate and timely communication, which we love.”—Salliejo Evers, Spokane Public Schools
4. Technology that doesn't put you in the driver's seat
5. A lack of transparency with safety data
When it comes to school transportation, there is nothing more important than protecting the safety, privacy and well-being of students. Safety is, and always has been, your number-one priority, and it’s one of many reasons why you are dedicated to following established, long-held safety processes and procedures — many of which are dictated by state and federal law. With the safety of your students always top of mind, you may understandably have concerns or questions about supplementing your school transportation operations with alternative transportation solutions.