December 7, 2020
Student Transportation Colleagues,
December is upon us and across the state we continue to do great work in student transportation. No doubt we are doing it unlike ever before with many variables and “firsts”! Congratulations student transportation experts, YOU are making history.
During this time each year we are normally enjoying gift exchanges, sharing treats with students, and even having potluck meals with our teams. This December, while different, I hope each of you as leaders are finding new ways to creatively celebrate the season. Some of you are still in a remote learning status transporting only a small portion of your students while others are back to transporting all eligible bus riders. Safety and sanitation protocols are in place and transportation teams are taking COVID 19 and mitigation strategies seriously! We adapt and adjust at the report of a positive case with a detailed, consistent, and safe response and then…. We are back in the bus doing what we do best, moving students safely.
It is not without collaboration, research, and tireless efforts that we have accomplished a network of solid fact-based information, and shared first hand successes with recommended tools, products, and processes for this new normal we are facing. Please remember to use the resources on our page to assist and support with questions and tools for all http://www.taa-online.org/covid-19-resources.html also the meetings conducted with leaders across Arizona each month can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6sAMpze2VkSiDkQu3Racyg.
The TAA Board held an online meeting on November 19, 2020 to kick off discussions regarding our 2021 TAA Conference. We have reached out to our partners at Little America, as well as some of our key presenters to get a feel for the potential of an in-person event. We are hopeful and optimistic and will have more information in late January regarding the conference and what we can look forward to. Thank you for your patience as we await guidance from state and federal platforms. Many of you require advance information and detailed content to receive an approval for attendance. We will have both for you in early 2021. In the meantime, be watching for creative ways that we will be presenting region meetings with valuable content and the opportunity to review, learn, and grow together. We will communicate details to our membership on the TAA website at http://www.taa-online.org/
Whether your District is in session, or supporting online learning, winter break is fast approaching. Welcome the reset, look ahead with the mindset of transformational change, and embrace 2021. We ARE better together. Rely on your resources, and your student transportation colleagues. We have proven over and over we are a work group that will overcome challenges with success.
Holiday Happiness and Peace,
Mike Ajeman, President
Jason Nelson, Past President
Shannon Weber, President Elect
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