Innovative Youth Transportation Solution HopSkipDrive Launches in Spokane

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HopSkipDrive brings COVID-Safe rides to Spokane schools and youth

We’re looking forward to providing a safe, dependable youth transportation solution for Spokane area schools. Mobility is more than getting kids where they need to go; it means access to opportunity. - Joanna McFarland, Co-founder & CEO

HopSkipDrive, the safe and innovative transportation solution for school districts, government agencies and families, announced today that it is launching service in Spokane, WA. HopSkipDrive now operates in 15 major markets, including Spokane, across eight states, and partners with over 250 schools and districts.

HopSkipDrive is trusted by schools nationwide as a solution to simplify specialized transportation for students with IEPs, those experiencing homelessness or in foster care, as well as students with transportation needs that may not fit neatly into a bus routing plan. The innovative HopSkipDrive platform allows administrators to book, edit and track rides for their students in just a few clicks. Schools report reducing transportation costs, shortening student commute times and improving educational outcomes with HopSkipDrive.

Co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive Joanna McFarland says, “We’re looking forward to providing a safe, dependable youth transportation solution for Spokane area schools. Mobility is more than getting kids where they need to go; it means access to opportunity. With approximately 65,000 students in the Spokane region, we’re excited to answer the transportation needs of so many students, families and schools.”

HopSkipDrive has partnerships with school districts and charter schools in Spokane, and service will be available to Spokane area families Spring 2021.

Spokane Public Schools Transportation Director Salliejo Evers says, “The transportation team at Spokane Public Schools is excited to have a flexible and innovative transportation solution for individual students that will support their unique educational needs. Spokane Public Schools is committed to providing a strong selection of programs to prepare all of our students for life after high school, HopSkipDrive will help meet those program needs.”

Prioritizing Safety with Unmatched Industry Standards
HopSkipDrive’s unique transportation solution combines sophisticated technology with deep operational expertise to ensure ride safety. Its meticulous approach begins with highly vetted caregivers behind the wheel (“CareDrivers”) and extends to every aspect of the company’s operations.

Every CareDriver has at least five years of caregiving experience and must pass a rigorous 15-point certification process, including fingerprinting, background checks, driving record checks and an in-person meeting and orientation. CareDrivers on the HopSkipDrive platform must use a four-door vehicle newer than 10 years old; vehicles must pass an inspection by a certified mechanic, repeated annually.

Ride organizers can book and track rides from start to finish through the HopSkipDrive platform, also receiving live notifications for each stage of the ride. In addition, HopSkipDrive’s Safe Ride Support system tracks every ride in real time, addressing any issues as they occur and maintaining direct communication with Ride Organizers and drivers.

A Leader in Establishing COVID-19 Safety Standards
HopSkipDrive created and implemented COVID Safe Ride Standards, first-in-market procedures to promote the safety and health of CareDrivers, Ride Organizers and Riders. Protective measures include requiring plastic dividers installed between the front and back seats, with HopSkipDrive being the first and only youth transportation network company in the country to adopt plastic dividers as a standard operating procedure.

In addition, vehicles are cleaned and disinfected between each ride with special attention to high-touch areas and CareDrivers must affirm before each ride that this has been completed. CareDrivers and Riders wear face coverings per CDC guidelines, and CareDrivers must affirm they are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to COVID-19 prior to offering rides through the platform.

Learn more about HopSkipDrive by visiting http://www.hopskipdrive.com. Schools, districts, and counties can email HopSkipDrive regarding partnerships at partnerships@hopskipdrive.com.

About HopSkipDrive
Designed by protective moms and driven by caregivers, HopSkipDrive is the innovator in providing safe, dependable youth transportation for schools, districts, government agencies, and families. HopSkipDrive’s advanced technology platform and industry-leading operational expertise provide flexibility and visibility, while helping create opportunity for all through mobility.

Since 2014, HopSkipDrive has expanded to eight states and 15 major markets. A venture capital-backed company, HopSkipDrive shares investors with well-known brands like Airbnb, Pinterest, Bird and Ring.

Media Contact:
Lauren Rueger, HopSkipDrive
lrueger@hopskipdrive

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