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40 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Can’t Go Back to the Old Ways: Post-COVID-19 Ops, Summer School & New ZEV Players
Tony and Taylor discuss handling school bus driver/mechanic shortages in a new way, as well as market disruption caused by new players and offerings in the electric bus space. Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Texas is open for summer school. Assistant Transportation Director Anthony Shields shares how operations have changed since relaxation of COVID-19 rules & discusses planned implementation of student RFID badges and new propane buses. Stay updated at stnonline.com/latest-news.
25 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Getting Back to In-Person: Tracking Decisions on Student Vaccinations, School Reopening
Approval of COVID-19 vaccines for 12- to 17-year-olds may help student transportation get back to normal. Federal legislation targets transportation infrastructure and school bus safety. Brian Trask, director of transportation, facilities & technology at Unatego CSD in New York, shares how technology like routing software and parent communication has helped his district adjust its school bus operations and stay CDC-compliant during and after COVID-19. Learn more at stnonline.com/technology.
41 minutes | May 25, 2021
Be At Your Best: Prioritizing Student Learning & Staff Mental Health During COVID-19
As districts go back to in-person classes, summer school plans and federal funding for school bus Wi-Fi hotspots target student success to make up for lost learning time. Two California transportation directors discuss how to provide the best support and customer service when transporting students. Technology is helping Del Norte County Unified School District, while Corona-Norco Unified School District focuses on staff mental health & wellness. Read more at stnonline.com/special-reports.
35 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Same But Different: Student Transportation After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Things are returning to normal with in-person classes expected nationwide for the 2021-2022 school year, but online learning, bus cleaning, ventilation, and mask usage seem they could be a permanent result of COVID-19. Dawnett Wright, transportation director for University Place School District in Washington state, discusses running propane & electric school buses and shares how decreased ridership caused by COVID-19 impacts operations & budgets. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/back-to-school.
26 minutes | May 11, 2021
Do This The Right Way: Electrifying New York City’s School Buses
COVID-19 vaccination rates are increasing and there is an update on distribution of the CERTS Act funds for bus contractors. Additionally, major school bus manufacturers made recent headlines in taking their EV businesses forward. Corey Muirhead, executive VP of Logan Bus Company in New York, discusses looking to the future, securing funding and planning for fleet electrification in a city that aims to electrify its school buses by 2035. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/electric.
34 minutes | May 6, 2021
Summer Hopes: In-Person Classes Resume But Bus Contractors Await Funding
Hope for normalcy is on the horizon as over 95% of students have returned to in-person classes. The school bus contractor industry, however, still awaits its allocated funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Eldridge Black, director of transportation at Beaufort County Schools in South Carolina, talks propane bus implementation, innovative technology use, and recovering operationally from COVID-19. Read more at stnonline.com/operations.
30 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Careful Consideration: Why Planning Ahead is Key for Operational Optimization
The Biden administration’s ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions have student transporters carefully studying available clean fuel school bus options and what works for their individual operations. Meanwhile, school bus contractors are bringing the pressure for federal CERTS Act funding that the U.S. Department of Treasury has yet to deliver. Transfinder’s President & CEO Antonio Civitella addresses the role of route optimization in efficient operations. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/back-to-school.
34 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Green School Bus Buzz: LIVE From the Green Bus Summit
School buses are dominating discussions at the national level, as federal legislation seeks to provide billions of dollars in funding for fleet electrification. Transportation professionals and industry suppliers at the Green Bus Summit discussed clean school bus options and how to implement them to meet each operation’s unique needs. Read more at stnonline.com/green-bus.
27 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Staying Positive & Mindful: Tips for Busy Transportation Professionals
A sense of normalcy is returning, with COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, schools reopening and masks not required in some districts. Recent headlines at stnonline.com include the safety of pre-K students on the bus as well as school buses being repurposed in unique ways. Mindfulness coach, author and speaker Holly Duckworth speaks on the importance of grounding yourself amid hectic everyday transportation duties and leads a short mindfulness session.
38 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Think Outside the Box: School Bus Challenges & Opportunities of COVID-19
Over 50% of schools nationwide are open for in-person learning, and vaccine trials hold promise for adolescents. Yet the Biden administration’s infrastructure and fleet electrification plans, which include school buses, face challenges in Congress. Director of Transportation Kris Allen shares how Wasatch County School District near Salt Lake City is flexibly serving students during COVID-19 and recalls highlights of her 33-year career in student transportation ahead of her retirement next year. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/back-to-school.
31 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Flip the Script: LIVE From the STN Transportation Director Summit
Hundreds of transportation directors gathered virtually to network with one another and meet with industry suppliers, in pursuit of crowdsourced solutions to their operational challenges. Keynote speakers gave research-based tips on thriving in the midst of change, seeking new opportunities via federal stimulus funding, leading teams with trust, and staying mindful to combat stress. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/management.
26 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
The Momentum Is Good: Funding Coming for School Buses as Classrooms Reopen
New developments spell hope for districts looking to get buses rolling back to in-person classes. School buses are mentioned in the nearly $122 billion COVID-19 federal relief package for school districts, and the CDC guidelines now recommend 3 feet of social distancing for kids. Meridith Elliott Powell – business growth expert, author & speaker who will be presenting at the STN Transportation Director Summit – teases her talk on thriving in the midst of change brought on by COVID-19. Read more at stnonline.com/coronavirus.
35 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
An Accelerated Pace: New School Bus Technology Applications in a COVID-19 World
Kevin Mest, senior vice president and general manager of passenger services at Zonar, talks the future of bus technology and shares strategies for successful implementation in light of newly available COVID-19 stimulus funding. Casey Foster, director of transportation for Birmingham City Schools in Alabama, discusses COVID-19’s impact on his drivers and operations as well as new and innovative uses for technology during the pandemic. Read more at stnonline.com/technology.
37 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
The Future Is Bright: Eyeing School Reopening & Electric Bus Opportunities
As some school districts are still eyeing a return to in-person classes, staff are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in many states. In others, mask mandates are being repealed but are still required at schools. Charlie Hood, outgoing executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), recalls industry shifts and opportunities through his 40-year career in student transportation, such as electric buses – which are back in the news. Read more at stnonline.com/news.
39 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Unexpected Improvements: COVID-19 Procedures Benefit Student Transportation Ops
Some of the largest districts in the U.S. have started down the road of electric school buses, with bus manufacturers and suppliers providing support and technology advancements. Aspen Public Schools in Colorado has noticed operational improvements related to COVID-19 procedures. Director of Transportation Reghan Mahaffey shares how ventilation and cleaning have affected student and staff health. Read more at stnonline.com/green-bus and stnonline.com/tag/coronavirus.
38 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Some Good News: Feds Support School Buses & Wyoming District Shares COVID-19 Tips
While a polar vortex and rising gas prices complicate operations, the good news is that school buses are getting federal attention. Stimulus funding looks promising, and both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education provided specific guidelines for school reopening. Campbell County School District in Wyoming has unique struggles tied to the local coal industry but has adapted well to operations during COVID-19. Transportation Director Keith Chrans explains more. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/back-to-school.
33 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Advocate & Collaborate: Solving Transportation Problems in the Age of COVID-19
Tony & Ryan discuss the Biden administration’s school reopening plans, masks and vaccines for students, and the latest federal stimulus funding bill being championed by school bus contractors. Kelly Shahan, manager of transportation at Red Clay Consolidated Schools in Delaware, shares how technology and teamwork help with securing funding, addressing the driver shortage, and managing operations complicated by COVID-19. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/coronavirus.
32 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
New School Bus Rules: Nuances of Mask Mandates & Bus Electrification Plans
The school bus industry is discussing the Biden administration’s mask requirement on school buses as well as its electrification plans, which prove more complicated than at first glance. Join the discussion at STN’s Green Bus Summit in April (GreenBusSummit.com). Director of Transportation Michelle Ramm shares how Mesquite ISD in Texas is handling staff vaccines, COVID-19’s impact on operations and ridership, contact tracing, and retrofitting almost 200 buses with lap-shoulder belts. Read more about her district toy drive at stnonline.com/go/8a.
31 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Many Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines & New Year Budgets
COVID-19 vaccine distribution is progressing, but school districts must consider employee protections while encouraging compliance. Transportation departments also form their budgets while the federal government discusses the next stimulus plan. Laran Adkins, director of child nutrition and transportation for Fort Payne City Schools in Alabama, talks bus ventilation & cleaning, contact tracing, vaccine plans, and how CARES Act funding has helped. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/coronavirus and stnonline.com/tag/budget.
29 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #3: COVID-19 Adaptation & Lessons Learned
At the STN EXPO Virtual conference & trade show, student transporters discussed how the industry has been creatively adjusting to COVID-19 challenges and how some health and safety technology, such as onboard air filtration and hand sanitizer, is sticking around for the long haul. Manufacturers and equipment suppliers also stand ready to support school bus operations as they adapt to current events, such as the pending obsolescence of 3G networks, and adopt new technologies. Read more at stnonline.com/tag/stn-expo.
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