ROE Online Course Ensures Bus Drivers Are Ready For In-Person Classes This Fall

ROE Online Course Ensures Bus Drivers Are Ready For In-Person Classes This Fall

If in-person classes take place in Kane County this fall, bus drivers will be ready, thanks to some innovative efforts by the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

In a news release this week, Kane County Regional Superintendent Pat Dal Santo said the ROE has been hosting statewide school bus driver refresher courses online. Bus drivers are required to attend the two-hour refresher class each year to maintain their licenses.

Kane County Regional Office of EducationNearly 3,000 bus drivers have taken the online course from May 12 through May 28. ROE officials anticipate that nearly 3,000 additional drivers will need to take the course before June 30, 2020.

“I feel strongly that we need to be prepared for students to be attending school in person in the fall, and one way to do that is to have our school bus drivers trained and ready,” Dal Santo said.

Since March 13, several of these refresher classes were canceled throughout the state as a result of the shelter-in-place order from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.

When the pandemic prevented the Regional Offices of Education from providing in-person classes for the annual refresher courses, the Kane ROE worked with the Illinois State Board of Education to create an online course that could be taken by any school bus driver in the state.

That required drafting the online content, developing a registration system, training other ROE’s on the system, and countless hours of discussions with ISBE to ensure that the course met their standards.

For more information, check out the Kane ROE website at https://kaneroe.org/transportation/.

The collaborative project has been a focus of several Kane ROE staff members including Dal Santo, Deanna Oliver, Phil Morris, Katie Algrim, CJ Yoder, Eleanor Morris and Blanca Souders.

SOURCE: Kane County Regional Office of Education