#School Buses

Sad News for Schools: Thieves Stole Catalytic Converters From School Buses

Schools, along with schoolchildren, teachers, and parents, have endured a rough time over the past year and a half. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted learning, with heated debates over school openings and vaccine and mask mandates. On top of that, there is a shortage of school bus drivers. Now, there’s even more sad news for schools. Some heartless thieves stole catalytic converters from school buses.
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Palisades School Board ends meeting when audience members refuse to don masks

Like other local school districts, Palisades in Upper Bucks has been experiencing mixed reactions to the school mask mandate. The school board closed a disruptive meeting Wednesday evening after some parents refused to wear masks. The meeting was held at Palisades Middle School following a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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School boards find themselves in impossible and hostile position

Northcentral Pa. -- For decades serving on a school board was seen as a prestigious community position. While there is no pay involved, it’s an elected position, not only integral to an area’s present academic identity, but also invaluable to the future vibrancy of the district. Nowadays, with ever-changing state...
Door County Pulse

Schools Putting Masking Orders in Place

Concerns about statistics, positive COVID cases causing local schools to revise pandemic-protocols. A growing proportion of Door County students will be required to wear masks inside school buildings starting Monday morning, Sept. 20. The Sturgeon Bay School District was the first to revise its masking requirements through a decision made...

Morning Bus Delays Left Students Waiting for an Hour at Stops

Amid a nationwide bus shortage, students across the county waited as long as an hour in the rain for their morning school bus to arrive. Wayde Byard, the school district’s public information officer, said that there was an unusually high number of bus driver absences, exacerbating a long-standing issue in the county. About 30% of the general education and Thomas Jefferson High School bus runs were 45 minutes, and Academies of Loudoun routes ran as long as an hour behind schedule.
Norwich Bulletin

A lack of bus drivers in Killingly, Plainfield is causing problems beyond the school day

For Bryony Chamberlain, vice president for school buses for Dattco, the operations in Woodstock, Thompson, and Plainfield usually have enough drivers to spare some for Dattco’s operations in other parts of the state. However, with fewer bus drivers available, the Plainfield and Woodstock routes have just enough and the Thompson routes are lacking drivers because of some COVID cases among the drivers.
Hawk Eye

Burlington School Board votes 4-2 to reinstate mask mandate

Beginning Monday, Burlington students and staff once again must wear masks while in school buildings. The Burlington School Board voted Friday during an emergency meeting to reimplement the district's mask police that was in place for much of the 2020-21 school year. Board members Darven Kendall, Deborah Hatteberg, Nancy Hoelzen...
Dayton Daily News

See which 36 local schools mandate masks, which 21 don’t

Masks more common in larger school districts, less common in Miami and Warren county schools. Just over 60% of Dayton-area schools and districts are currently operating with mask mandates as a COVID-19 surge continues across Ohio. The Dayton Daily News this week sought out the mask policy of local public...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New search policies worry Sewickley Academy parents

Policies that have appeared this year in Sewickley Academy student and employee handbooks that assert broad powers by school officials to search private communications and possessions have sparked fears in a parents group that was critical of the academy this summer that speaking out could result in significant discipline. The...

It’s Time to Stop for School Buses

14, Dan Piquette was driving his usual Route 50, picking up students to take them to class at Corvallis High School. The kids were boarding, laughing and talking, probably smiling behind their masks, greeting Piquette with the usual “Hi, P’Cat!”. Then at 7:25 a.m., as Piquette’s yellow bus was...
NBC4 Columbus

100+ nurses at Columbus schools ‘burnt out’ from handling COVID-19, says letter to superintendent and board

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — More than 100 nurses working for Columbus City Schools say they’re overwhelmed handling COVID-19. A letter to Superintendent Talisa Dixon and the school board, signed by 115 school nurses, demands changes to protocol. Less than a month into the school year, the scathing letter says the virus is running “rampant” through school buildings and the current situation is not sustainable.
Elk Grove Citizen

EG Unified bus drivers call for pay raises

Bus drivers, school vehicle mechanics and union activists called upon Elk Grove Unified School District officials to raise the pay of school transportation workers. They addressed the issue during the school board’s Sept. 7 meeting. The speakers argued that the district current salaries for drivers are too low and they...

BCSD leader discusses face mask mandate for school buses

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – Students across the state are required to wear a face mask as required by the South Carolina Department of Education to combat the spread of COVID-19 cases. During a school board meeting Tuesday, Berkeley County School Superintendent Deon Jackson discussed how many students one bus...

Blount County Schools extends mask mandate through Oct. 4

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Blount County Schools has extended its mask policy through Monday, October 4. According to a post on the Blount County School’s Facebook page, all students and staff are required to wear facial coverings inside buildings, on school buses and during after-school activities when a six feet social distance cannot be met and maintained.