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Love The Bus Week- February 14-18, 2022
The Statewide NC Love the Bus Week for 2022 is February 14-18.
Dr. Thomasine Hassell is quoted as saying “Bus drivers are often the first and last district employees to see our students every day!”
Covid has undoubtedly changed the look of safely transporting our most precious cargo. As we aim to have face-to-face instruction for our staff and students, bus drivers have been given more responsibility for keeping our students and staff in school. Although our buses continue to roll, our drivers have been subject to quarantine protocol and exposed to the Covid virus. Schools have had to be creative to keep the buses moving by:
- Doing double runs (other drivers taking on additional routes).
- Teacher’s assistants leaving their school to drive for another school in the system.
- And teachers who hold a CDL are asked to drive a bus to get students to school.
To top it off, drivers who work in the classroom are being tasked with additional responsibilities such as:
- cleaning and sanitizing the bus and the classroom,
- substitute teaching,
- covering teacher’s classroom when teachers are planning instruction.
Through the enormous professional and personal family responsibilities it is amazing the drivers listed below have maintained perfect attendance from August 23, 2021 through December 21, 2021.
East Area Drivers
W. J. Gurganus Elementary Brinson Elementary
Mindy Berkery, Heather Gardner, Mary Wallen Lonzenia Kinsey
Havelock High School Creekside Elementary
David Deitz, Carol Hill, Tabitha Tyndall Sandra Perry, Birgitta Snyder
New Bern Area Drivers
A.H Bangert Elementary Oaks Road Academy
Evelyn Carmon, Erin Moody Clarissa Quinn, Rebecca Wright
New Bern High School Aspire
Anita Hardy, Crystal Jackson, Glorius Moore Anthony Keys
Tyrone Parker, Tammy Potterfield
West Area Drivers
Bridgeton Elementary JW Smith Elementary
Angela Coward Brunson Quanda Dobson
Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary West Craven Middle Schools
Felicia Anderson, Marquetta Coward Debra Coward, Natasha Hardy, Jeffery Perkins
West Craven High School
Carol Bobbitt, Donna Holfelder, Carolyn Whitfield
“We truly appreciate and recognize what all of our bus drivers do on a daily basis to safely transport students to and from school,” said Dr. Thomasine Hassell, Director of Transportation. If you haven’t already recognized your child’s bus driver, please do so. It is not too late. Let’s show them all how much we appreciate them for going the extra mile!