AUSSIE BUSES DELIVER ‘SCHOOL BOOKS’ DURING LOCKDOWN

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Busways Australia


NSW BUS OPERATOR Busways is ensuring school students on the North Coast keep their studies up while in lockdown by delivering – for free - ‘learning from home’ materials from local schools, the company confirms.

AUSSIE BUSES DELIVER ‘SCHOOL BOOKS’ DURING LOCKDOWN
Designed to help thousands of school students with their study needs during lockdown restrictions, the initiative has been applauded by schools, parents, and Transport for NSW, Busways explains.

The clever initiative - in cooperation with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the NSW Department of Education, and Catholic and Independent Schools - means Busways buses are being used to offer a different kind of service during the statewide Covid-enforced lockdown, which especially helps those students in remote and isolated locations. Additionally, the idea arguably helps the maintenance costs of the buses themselves by not being ‘parked up’ and left stagnant, thereby optimising diesel-bus engine and suspension lubrication.

Busways assistant Service Delivery manager Mark Lawrence said: "We thank the principal of Wauchope High School for bringing us this idea."

"We want to do our bit to help the community, and this is a service that we are well-equipped to deliver - just transporting lessons instead of students!

"We are so pleased to work with the Department of Education and local schools to come up with this solution, where parents and students only need to meet the bus at their regular stop, as they would do for the afternoon school bus," Lawrence continued.

Designed to help thousands of school students with their study needs during lockdown restrictions, the initiative - using existing bus services - has been applauded by schools, parents, and Transport for NSW, Busways explains.

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SCHOOL PARTICIPATION

Rollands Plains Upper Public School relieving principal Katie Smith said: "We have had a number of families who have opted for paper-based home learning during lockdown. This initiative has allowed the regular and efficient delivery of these learning packs to families while minimising movement around our community."

"Each week, for the duration of lockdown, our local school buses collect learning packs from the school and deliver to our students on the morning bus run," Smith continued.

The program can help up to 21,000 students in the region, according to Busways.

The study packs are addressed to individual students and can be picked up by parents and students at their local school bus stops, Busways explains.

Several schools between Laurieton and Yamba will be participating in the initiative, it confirms.

Schools wanting to participate or seek more information are encouraged to contact Busways on 1300 692 929, or via infoline@busways.com.au.

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ABOUT BUSWAYS

Busways is an Australian-owned and operated company with more than 78 years’ experience in the transport industry, operating services across NSW including Western Sydney, the Central Coast, the Mid-North Coast and Adelaide’s Outer South Network, it states.

The company began as a single-person operation and has grown into a transportation business with a team in excess of 1756 people across 18 depots, it confirms.

Busways provides school and route bus services, as well as expertise in transport operations, scheduling, asset management, marketing and communications and customer experience, it adds.

With more than 890 buses in the fleet, 26 million passengers travel on a Busways journey every year, the company states.

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