As I am sure you have heard, there is a nationwide shortage of CDL drivers causing widespread driver shortages across the nation. This has also created a shortage of school bus drivers. The Northern Lehigh School District has been able to work with our partner Brandywine Transportation to manage and staff runs from the beginning of this year, but this shortage has now begun to impact our district. While we hoped that we would not need to send a message like this, we feel it important to let you know that there may be a time in the near future when we are unable to cover the existing bus runs as originally scheduled.
We are developing contingencies for this, among which is the possibility that we may need to alter runs in a way that impacts pick-up and drop-off times and/or the need to develop rotating schedules in which parents/guardians will be asked to transport their children for a day or period of several days. In an effort to assist in planning, we ask that you complete this questionnaire for each child you have in school that currently rides a bus or van, or is rostered on one but uses alternate transportation, by 4:00pm on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The questionnaire is also available on the NLSD website under the District Announcements section.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Matthew J. Link
All committee meetings will be held in person at the Northern Lehigh School District board room and will no longer be live streamed starting August 2, 2021.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide free Internet to low-income families during the COVID emergency, will begin accepting enrollments on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/.
EBB subsidies will be up to $50/month for Internet access, and up to $100 toward the purchase of a connected device (computer or tablet) from an EBB provider. Only one Internet subsidy is eligible per household. Only one connected device subsidy is eligible per household.
Applicants will first determine if they qualify for EBB benefits: https://www.getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/. If the consumer is already receiving federal Lifeline benefits or participating in a vendor’s existing low-income or COVID-relief Internet program, they may not need to apply again for EBB. The consumer should reach out to their existing Lifeline or low-income Internet provider for direction.
There are 3 ways to apply for EBB benefits beginning May 12, 2021:
This is a Temporary Program. Before families apply, it is important to understand that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Participating households will need to opt-in to continue receiving broadband services from their provider after the program ends. If a household chooses to continue receiving service after the end of the EBB, they will be billed the broadband provider’s general monthly rate.
The Slatington Public Library received a communication from the Tumblebook Company that it has given all Pennsylvania public libraries free access to their databases, which include books and activities for students K-12, math resources, audio books for teens. You can access the resources on by clicking here.