The following resolution will be presented for approval at the February 23 Board of Education meeting:
Lakeville Area Schools recognizes February 22-26 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. School bus drivers provide essential support to our Lakeville Area students. This week we celebrate our thanks and gratitude for these essential members of the Lakeville Area community:
WHEREAS, over 100 Lakeville Area school bus drivers, are employed through Schmitty & Sons Bus Company in Lakeville; and
WHEREAS, this year in particular, Lakeville Area school bus drivers have adapted to the pandemic by frequently adjusting routes to work with the various learning models and implementing health and safety measures like assigned seating, mask requirements, and installing hand sanitizer stations on buses; and
WHEREAS, in a typical school year Lakeville Area school bus drivers safely transport more than 9,000 students twice every school day, to-and-from 1,425 bus stops throughout the Lakeville Area; and
WHEREAS, Lakeville Area school bus drivers each school year travel more than 1.7 million miles in total; and
WHEREAS, Lakeville Area school bus drivers deal with many challenging situations each day including inclement weather and traffic; and
WHEREAS, Lakeville Area school bus drivers are the first people to greet many of our students each morning and the last who say goodbye each afternoon; and
WHEREAS, the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation is celebrating School Bus Driver Appreciation Day on February 24.
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED: The Lakeville Area Board of Education hereby extends its appreciation to Lakeville Area school bus drivers for supporting the safety of our students and declares February 22-26 to be School Bus Driver Appreciation Week in Lakeville Area Schools.