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TRANSPORTERS PITCH IN TO HELP FAMILIES COPE WITH COVID-19 CRISIS

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Despite the unprecedented and widespread impact of COVID-19, the school transportation industry continues to show its resilience and dedication to students, from providing daily meal delivery service to deploying the big yellow bus as a technology tool in some communities.

Examples include Bedford County (Va.) Public Schools who, starting Tuesday, will expand its meal delivery service to include breakfast and lunch deliveries to some of its elementary school bus stops. The district initially opened nine school sites for meal distribution on March 18, according to a news release from the district. Those curbside pickup sites reportedly served over 6,000 meals to more than 3,000 students last week, the district said in a post on its Facebook page.

In Kinston, N.C., Lenoir County Public Schools is conducting similar efforts to ensure students have meals during the COVID-19 crisis.

On Monday, Lenoir County Public Schools expanded its meal distribution at five school sites to include deliveries at 20 school bus stops in the community. The district provided more than 10,300 meals through the five school sites over four days last week, according to a post on the district’s website.

“Our goal is to reach as many students as possible, including those whose families may not be able to get to our five cafeteria sites every day,” said Danelle Smith, Lenoir County Public Schools’ child nutrition director. “The district’s transportation department and bus drivers stepped up without hesitation to make this delivery service possible.”

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