Good Question: Why are school buses driving around?

Brennan Somers
Created: June 05, 2020 04:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With schools shutdown and students studying at home the rest of this semester here in New York, why are buses still out every day?

Are they testing new routes, looking at changes for if and when kids return in the fall or is this just normal?


News10NBC’s Brennan Somers took a drive to see what's going on.

Somers found a bus from East Irondequoit. It ended up going to Iroquois Middle, which is part of the West Irondequoit Central School District.

The bus is out helping deliver food. School officials on the west side of the town say they are serving more than 1,000 meals a day to students at six sites.

They say it’s been a team effort with East Irondequoit and they have been doing this every day during the shutdown.

The cost is covered through reimbursements from a federal school closure meals program. The program ensures kids will keep getting food through the end of the current school year and most likely for the rest of the month.

West Irondequoit officials tell me they are waiting on statewide guidance for the rest of summer.

It’s a similar situation for other districts all over the region, they've been delivering meals and offering pickup points for local families throughout this pandemic.

So that's part of the answer, the other reason buses are out when you might not expect them to be is because of Department of Transportation inspections and checks.

Rochester City School officials told me they are required in cycles and summer is a good time to get them done.

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