The school buses traveling local roads and even making stops as though children would board them are testing routes in order to make drive-times more efficient, district officials say. New Canaan Public Schools rarely gets an opportunity to drive-test routing improvements, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi. “The bus drivers are still working for us—they are still employed by DATTCO as part of the contract—and so we thought, let’s get the buses driven and see if we can make the routes more efficient,” Luizzi told NewCanaanite.com.
“We have an opportunity to have them drive the runs and have them look at the new runs for the [proposed new] school start times, as well,” he added. With COVID-19 drive-thru testing launched Friday outside Saxe Middle School, the school buses have suspended the test-runs for now and they’ll be “sporadic” in the future, Luizzi said. Public schools have been closed since March 12 and the district the following day launched a remote “e-learning” program to keep students learning and connected to their educators.