TRANSPORTATION WORKER: “NO WAY” SOCIAL DISTANCING HAPPENS ON SCHOOL BUS.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — “No way” will social distancing happen on a school bus, at least according to a Palm Beach County School District transportation worker contacting BocaNewsNow.com.
“Forget classrooms,” said the employee, speaking to BocaNewsNow.com but without permission to do so. “There is no way that we can ‘socially distance’ kids on a school bus. It’s tough enough to keep them seated.”
The Palm Beach County School District’s year ends on Friday. But summer is short. The next school year is barely ten weeks away. The first day of school is set for August 10th. Over the next ten weeks, administrators and Florida education officials will embark on a mad dash to figure out what’s going to happen, and how.
A message from the transportation worker: don’t just focus on the classroom. Figure out how the kids are getting there.
“The whole county isn’t Boca,” said the transportation worker. “Mommies and Daddies can’t drive these kids to school. That’s what we do. And some of our buses are packed.”
School Buses are integral to the school system in Palm Beach County. While no official statistics were immediately available, there is a huge section of the District’s more than 180,000 students that relies on the school buses to get to school.
“We love these kids. We want to do right by them. You can talk about spacing kids out at school day in and day out, but what difference does it make if they’re on top of each other on the bus? Drivers could get sick. Teachers could get sick. And God forbid these kids will get sick.”
The transportation worker also said heavy duty cleaning during the day isn’t feasible.
“It’s not happening. There is just no way that we can pull over, sanitize a bus, and keep on driving. No way.”
The Palm Beach County School District has not publicly discussed what will happen in August, let alone how transportation would work. The District is constantly seeking bus drivers, suggesting that split shifts — or repeating a route multiple times a day for a staggered school day — are non-starters.
There are several open bus driver positions on the Palm Beach County School District’s website.
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