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12/29/2020

 


 
 
 School bus drivers could be among first vaccine recipients

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that frontline essential workers and all adults over the age of 75, both groups that could include school bus drivers, be among the next recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that frontline essential workers and all adults over the age of 75, both groups that could include school bus drivers, be among the next recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

A CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) workgroup advised on Sunday that the vaccines be prioritized to prevent morbidity and mortality as well as preserve "social functioning." The ACIP recommended that states provide the first phase of vaccines, denoted as 1a, to health care personnel, and residents and workers in long-term care facilities. The next group in the first phase, or 1b, are people over 75 years old and the 30 million frontline essential workers, "who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2."

ACIP defines these frontline essential workers as firefighters and police, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, U.S. Postal service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.

The next to receive the vaccine, those in the 1c group, are people ages 64 to 74 years old with high-risk medical conditions and 57 million "other essential workers," a group that includes transportation and logistics. In August, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency defined school bus drivers as essential workers for both education and transportation and logistics.

Phase 2 of the vaccine, according to the workgroup, should include teachers, school staff and child-care workers as well as people in homeless shelters or group homes for individuals with disabilities, including serious mental illness, development and intellectual disabilities.

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  UMA applauds legislation providing direct relief for industry
 

The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is thanking its champions in Congress for their work passing critical legislation providing emergency direct relief to America's mostly small, family-owned bus and motorcoach companies.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is thanking its champions in Congress for their work passing critical legislation providing emergency direct relief to America's mostly small, family-owned bus and motorcoach companies.

These multi-generational small businesses and their employees have experienced unprecedented hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, when their ability to do business has all but ceased.

In a statement, UMA applauded the willingness of Congress - for the first time - to create a direct relief program that provides grants to the private bus and motorcoach industry, an industry that is essential to the nation's transportation infrastructure.

"The CERTS Act provision in the COVID-19 relief bill will provide a lifeline for many operators on the brink of losing their businesses and their valued employees. With the pandemic still raging, it comes in the nick of time to ensure survival for these critical bus industries, including the third of our members who also run private school bus operations," said UMA Chairman of the Board Jeff Polzien.

$2 billion in direct relief

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 contains $900 billion in additional coronavirus relief, including $2 billion for the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act. Since the measure was introduced in July, the private motorcoach industry worked tirelessly to secure congressional support for this funding, which was made possible by industry champions in Congress who sponsored and promoted the CERTS Act (S.4150/H.R.7642).

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 American School Bus Council Calls for 'Love the Bus' Stories

 

The American School Bus Council is seeking information from pupil transporters on their contributions to the industry in 2020. Shown here is the kickoff event for Love the Bus at Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools on Feb. 4, 2020.

The American School Bus Council is seeking information from pupil transporters on their contributions to the industry in 2020. Shown here is the kickoff event for Love the Bus at Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools on Feb. 4, 2020.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

The American School Bus Council (ASBC) is requesting information from pupil transporters nationwide on their work to improve student transportation this past year to potentially showcase during "Love the Bus" month.

VIEW PHOTOS: Love the Bus 2020

This February, the ASBC would like to highlight these efforts in a video, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, one of the council's member organizations, said in an email to its members.

Any school transportation professionals who have an article, story, or photo that could be included in the video or who are willing to be interviewed, can go to LoveTheBus and provide information by Jan. 6.

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