HopSkipDrive launches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Written by Aylin Cook
HopSkipDrive is launching service in Milwaukee! In this new market, we are partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in Wisconsin.
With this addition, HopSkipDrive now operates in 16 major markets nine states, and partners with over 250 schools and districts.
HopSkipDrive is trusted nationwide as a solution to simplify specialized transportation for students with IEPs, McKinney-Vento students and youth in foster care, as well as students with transportation needs that may not fit neatly into a bus routing plan. Schools report reducing transportation costs, shortening student commute times and improving educational outcomes with HopSkipDrive.
Co-founder and CEO Joanna McFarland says,
“We’re looking forward to providing a safe, dependable youth transportation solution for Milwaukee-area schools. Mobility is more than getting kids where they need to go; it means access to opportunity. With approximately 78,000 students in the Milwaukee Public Schools district, we’re excited to answer the district’s transportation needs.”
Milwaukee Public Schools Director of Transportation David Solik Fifarek says,
“We are very excited to be partnering with HopSkipDrive and for their commitment in providing safe and efficient transportation solutions to the young people of our city attending Milwaukee Public Schools.”
HopSkipDrive hopes to open its solution to Milwaukee families in the Fall of 2021.
Prioritizing Safety with Unmatched Industry Standards
HopSkipDrive’s unique transportation solution combines sophisticated technology with deep operational expertise to ensure ride safety. Its meticulous approach begins with highly vetted caregivers behind the wheel (“CareDrivers”) and extends to every aspect of the company’s operations.
Every CareDriver has at least five years of caregiving experience and must pass a rigorous 15-point certification process, including fingerprinting, background checks, driving record checks and an in-person meeting and orientation. CareDrivers on the HopSkipDrive platform must use a four-door vehicle newer than 10 years old; vehicles must pass an inspection by a certified mechanic, repeated annually.
Ride organizers can book and track rides from start to finish through the HopSkipDrive platform, also receiving live notifications for each stage of the ride. In addition, HopSkipDrive’s Safe Ride Support system tracks every ride in real-time, addressing any issues as they occur and maintaining direct communication with Ride Organizers and drivers.
A Leader in Establishing COVID-19 Safety Standards
HopSkipDrive created and implemented COVID Safe Ride Standards to promote the safety and health of CareDrivers, Ride Organizers and Riders. Vehicles are cleaned and disinfected between each ride, with particular attention to high-touch areas, and CareDrivers must affirm before each ride that this is complete.
CareDrivers and Riders wear face coverings per CDC guidelines, and CareDrivers must affirm they are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to COVID-19 before offering rides through the platform.