District administrators are working to make sure student bus service is 100 percent on time, according to Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matt Burrows.

At Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting, Burrows said that a lot of progress has been made to get buses in the district to pick up students on time after a number of complaints about delays.

A Bus Committee made up of administrators and parents has been meeting to address the efficiency of bus transportation.

“It’s not as simple as hiring more bus drivers or getting more buses. We’re trying to think outside the box,” Burrows said. “The good news is that each month we have improved on on-time buses. As of the latest report, 99.6 percent of our buses were on time in December.”

Though considerable improvements have been made, Burrows maintains that he will continue to strive for 100 percent of all buses to be on time.

Lice policy

During the portion of board comments in the agenda, board member Kelly Wright asked the district to look into the policy for lice.

Wright said that she had heard of a few incidents regarding lice on children at district schools.

“I want to know what our policy is since this is the part of the year when this happens,” Wright said.

A few members of the audience began scratching their heads, including Wright after the comment about the lice then laughed in unison.

Social workers

Dawn Hall and Lorraine James, two social workers with the Appoquinimink School District, delivered a presentation about their experience at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) conference held in Phoenix, Arizona last month.

About 1.3 million students across the country are classified as homeless or unaccompanied minors, according to James. Some of those students are currently enrolled in Appoquinimink schools too.

Hall and James also presented a video interview of a former Appoquinimink High School student who was classified as homeless during her time in the district. The student said that she received a lot of support from the district social workers during her time at the school, including help paying for prom, athletic uniforms, and more. The student is now attending the University of Delaware.

After the presentation board members praised the work of the social workers and encouraged them to continue their good work.

“You guys do an outstanding job and we thank you,” said board member Norm Abrams.

Board member Charlise “Char” Edelin also thanked the social workers and shared with the audience that when the house behind hers burned down over the summer at the Estate of Saint Anne’s, that the social workers called her to ask if there had been any children living there who may have been displaced by the fire.

“Thank you for all that you do,” Edelin told the social workers. “Your work is so important.”

District administrators are working to make sure student bus service is 100 percent on time, according to Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matt Burrows.

At Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting, Burrows said that a lot of progress has been made to get buses in the district to pick up students on time after a number of complaints about delays.

A Bus Committee made up of administrators and parents has been meeting to address the efficiency of bus transportation.

“It’s not as simple as hiring more bus drivers or getting more buses. We’re trying to think outside the box,” Burrows said. “The good news is that each month we have improved on on-time buses. As of the latest report, 99.6 percent of our buses were on time in December.”

Though considerable improvements have been made, Burrows maintains that he will continue to strive for 100 percent of all buses to be on time.

(SUBHED) Lice policy

During the portion of board comments in the agenda, board member Kelly Wright asked the district to look into the policy for lice.

Wright said that she had heard of a few incidents regarding lice on children at district schools.

“I want to know what our policy is since this is the part of the year when this happens,” Wright said.

A few members of the audience began scratching their heads, including Wright after the comment about the lice then laughed in unison.

(SUBHED) Social workers

Dawn Hall and Lorraine James, two social workers with the Appoquinimink School District, delivered a presentation about their experience at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) conference held in Phoenix, Arizona last month.

About 1.3 million students across the country are classified as homeless or unaccompanied minors, according to James. Some of those students are currently enrolled in Appoquinimink schools too.

Hall and James also presented a video interview of a former Appoquinimink High School student who was classified as homeless during her time in the district. The student said that she received a lot of support from the district social workers during her time at the school, including help paying for prom, athletic uniforms, and more. The student is now attending the University of Delaware.

After the presentation board members praised the work of the social workers and encouraged them to continue their good work.

“You guys do an outstanding job and we thank you,” said board member Norm Abrams.

Board member Charlise “Char” Edelin also thanked the social workers and shared with the audience that when the house behind hers burned down over the summer at the Estate of Saint Anne’s, that the social workers called her to ask if there had been any children living there who may have been displaced by  the fire.

“Thank you for all that you do,” Edelin told the social workers. “Your work is so important.”

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