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Tips for Planning a Successful School Bus Rental for Sports Teams and Clubs

Whether you are organizing a field trip, sports event, or club outing, renting a school bus can be an efficient and cost-effective transportation solution. School bus rentals provide a safe and reliable mode of transportation for large groups of students. However, planning a successful school bus rental requires careful consideration and attention to detail. In this article, we will discuss some essential tips to help you plan a successful school bus rental for sports teams and clubs.

Determine Your Needs

Before diving into the logistics of renting a school bus, it is crucial to determine your specific needs. Consider the number of students or participants who will be traveling, the duration of the trip, and any additional requirements such as wheelchair accessibility or storage space for equipment. Having a clear understanding of your needs will help you choose the right type and size of school bus that can accommodate everyone comfortably.

Research Reliable Bus Rental Companies

When it comes to renting a school bus, it is important to choose a reliable and reputable rental company. Start by doing thorough research online or seek recommendations from other schools or organizations that have previously rented buses. Look for companies with positive reviews, well-maintained vehicles, experienced drivers, and proper licensing and insurance. Contact multiple companies to compare prices and services before making your final decision.

Planning ahead is essential when organizing any event involving transportation. Once you have chosen a rental company, make sure to book your school bus well in advance to secure availability on your desired date(s). School buses are in high demand during peak seasons such as summer vacations or major sporting events. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you have the necessary transportation arrangements in place without any last-minute hassles.

Furthermore, communicate with the rental company about any specific requirements or preferences you might have regarding pick-up/drop-off locations or timing. Providing detailed information in advance will help the bus rental company tailor their services to meet your needs effectively.

Safety First

The safety of your students or participants should be a top priority when renting a school bus. Ensure that the rental company adheres to all safety regulations and has a good track record of safe operations. The buses should be regularly inspected and well-maintained, with functioning seat belts and emergency exits.

Additionally, verify that the drivers employed by the rental company are experienced and hold the necessary licenses and certifications. It is also a good practice to inquire about driver background checks conducted by the rental company.

Before embarking on your trip, educate your students or participants about basic safety rules on the bus. Remind them to remain seated while the bus is in motion, keep noise levels down, and follow any instructions provided by the driver.

In conclusion, renting a school bus for sports teams and clubs can be an efficient transportation solution for large groups of students. By determining your needs, researching reliable rental companies, planning ahead, and prioritizing safety precautions, you can ensure a successful school bus rental experience that meets all your requirements while keeping everyone safe during their journey.

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43-617 . Contribution for solutions teams assigned to schools

A. The department shall provide a space on the individual income tax return form in which the taxpayer may designate all or any amount of the taxpayer's refund as a voluntary contribution for funding solutions teams assigned to schools as provided in section 15-973.01.

B. After subtracting any setoff for debts pursuant to section 42-1122, the department shall subtract the designated amount from the refund due the taxpayer and transfer it to the state board of education, which shall credit the amount of the contribution to the assistance for education fund established pursuant to section 15-973.01. The department shall determine the initial administrative cost of this section and report the amount to the state board of education, which shall transfer that amount from the assistance for education fund to the state general fund.

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Arizona Laws 43-617. Contribution for solutions teams assigned to schools

A. The department shall provide a space on the individual income tax return form in which the taxpayer may designate all or any amount of the taxpayer’s refund as a voluntary contribution for funding solutions teams assigned to schools as provided in Section 15-973.01 .

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 43-617

  • Board : means the state board of tax appeals or, if applicable, a division of the state board. See Arizona Laws 43-104
  • Department : means the department of revenue, the director or the director's authorized delegate, as the context requires. See Arizona Laws 43-104
  • Individual : means a natural person. See Arizona Laws 43-104
  • State : includes the states of the United States, the District of Columbia and the possessions of the United States. See Arizona Laws 43-104
  • Tax : means the taxes imposed under this title. See Arizona Laws 43-104

B. After subtracting any setoff for debts pursuant to section 42-1122 , the department shall subtract the designated amount from the refund due the taxpayer and transfer it to the state board of education, which shall credit the amount of the contribution to the assistance for education fund established pursuant to Section 15-973.01 . The department shall determine the initial administrative cost of this section and report the amount to the state board of education, which shall transfer that amount from the assistance for education fund to the state general fund.

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Q: How do I sign in to Microsoft Teams for education?

To access Microsoft Teams for Education, click Sign In and enter the email address and password provided by your school. If your school is already signed up for Office 365 or Microsoft 365 for Education and has turned on access to Microsoft Teams, or if your school is an accredited academic institution, you’ll be able to sign in or sign up. If you’re having trouble, please contact your school’s IT administrator.

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Q: How do I create class and staff teams?

Learn how to create class and staff teams in Microsoft Teams in just a few simple steps.

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Q: How do I create, attend, and run meetings in Microsoft Teams for schools?

Get clear guidance for creating, attending, and running meetings—with specific tips for educators, students, and administrators. 

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Q: How do I get support if Teams isn't working?

Need help? Try these troubleshooting tips, email Office Support with your question, visit the Office Support Center, or ask the Microsoft Education community.

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Q: Where can I propose ideas for new Teams features for schools?

Tell us how we can make Teams better for your classroom and staff with our Teams UserVoice forum.

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Q: What control do educators and school IT have for student safety in online meetings?

Educators and IT administrators have many options to keep students safe before, during, and after classes held in online meetings and in student-to-student interaction. Learn more about how educators can help keep students safe in our Teams guide for IT professionals and educators.

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Your LMS and Teams: better together for distance learning

No two educational institutions are the same, and neither are the solutions they use for teaching and learning. In order to support a connected and engaged school community, Microsoft products, like Teams for Education, are designed to meet you where you are, with features that add to–and don’t replace–your current use of learning management systems and other apps. 

In a distance learning scenario, Teams can work fluidly alongside several Learning Management Systems (LMS) and apps, supporting the crucial need for online lectures, discussions, and collaboration. In partnership with Teams features like meetings, live events, assignments, and more, you can keep using your same LMS. You can turn off Teams features not relevant to your institution, leverage the ones that are, and create a multi-tool solution that enables students, educators, and staff to do their best work.

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Your distance learning toolbox: 

Microsoft Teams for Education : a platform that enables lectures, one-on-one and group discussions, and focused content work. 

An LMS like Canvas, Schoology, Blackboard, D2L—Brightspace , or Moodle:  supports curriculum and class rosters. 

A video platform like Zoom:  supports video conferencing and webinars. 

Add Teams to your toolbox at a level that’s right for your institution

Note:  Teams is free to all Education users right now. Learn more here .

Professors, students, and IT Admins, refer to the tabbed sections here for more in-depth guidance in optimizing Teams with your LMS and apps in a distance learning setting. 

Start with easy meetings, small group work, and online events (lectures and more) 

Teams meetings + Canvas integration

Using Microsoft Teams, you can invite your LMS classes to join you in an online virtual call. Students don’t need an account to join the meeting – generate your own unique meeting link, share in your LMS, and students can click to join right away. 

Create and share your unique meeting link :  

Navigate to your calendar in Teams and copy the “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” link.

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Students using Edge or Chrome can simply click the link to join the meeting. Not using those browsers? Download the Teams app and join without logging in. Learn more

In your virtual Teams meetings, you can:  

Hold meetings of up to 250 people (for larger presentations, see Live Events below).

Share your screen to present materials.

Select who's allowed to present in Teams meeting options

Practices to consider (take or leave depending on your meeting needs): 

Determine whether you want students to speak up directly in the meeting or stay muted and type their questions or comments in the meeting chat.

Designate someone in the meeting (other than the presenter) to respond to questions in the chat or manage other activities related to meeting content.

Create a live event

Broadcast a large event, lecture, book talk, or academic panel with up to 10,000 people using Teams.  

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Capture a recording to share out later

Hold up to 15 live events at once in an Office 365 tenant.  Read more.

Learn more about how to set up a Teams live event for your institution.

Use Teams chat to create study groups 

No need to set up teams for class discussions–you can jump into chats right away. 

Students and educators can create group chats to study and communicate, from one-on-one conversations to chats with up to 100 people.

Chat in Teams offers real-time and asynchronous messaging, file collaboration, and the ability to meet instantly with your group. Learn more about chatting in Teams.

See how it works : University of Central Lancashire uses Teams chat to coordinate staff .

Ideas for remote learning with students 

Teams has many features that can supplement your assignments and posts in other learning platforms. Teams can bridge the gap if you can’t meet face-to-face and need to work asynchronously (without the endless emails). Communicate, work on the same document at the same time, and stay on the same page. 

Keep in touch:  At its most basic level, Teams is a place to find and contact students or educators at your school. Use chat to ask a quick question, send over a file, or start a call.

Teams works great on mobile:  Download the app . 

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Tip:  Pin important websites, files, and apps to any channel or chat using the  +Add tab  feature.

Class discussions:   Join a Teams meeting  with your whole class or participate in posts created by your instructor. 

Clubs and societies:  Create teams to bring extracurricular activities and student groups together. These teams can be as informal or formal as you like. Centralize communication in the team without the need for each member’s personal contact information. Share calendars, sign-up sheets, and polls online so that everyone can access them. Add others to your team with a simple join code.

Hackathons:  Organize hacking communication and documents in one place to keep your team’s project on track.  Read more about using Teams to help manage clubs, hacks, and on-campus jobs.

Customize Teams to work with your current needs 

If you’re interested in providing Microsoft Teams to your school community, or someone has requested it, you’ve come to right place. Note that Microsoft Teams (and all of Office 365) is free to educators and students with an eligible school email address.

Set up your Teams environment  The free School Data Sync (SDS) tool allows you to synchronize existing school rosters to auto-create and invite educators, staff, and students to teams. If that’s not right for your school, no problem. You can also extend Teams as an option to educators and students who’d prefer to create them manually.  Read more about deployment and configuration.

Familiarize yourself with meeting policies in Microsoft Teams There are many configurations possible for different group sizes and privacy settings. This includes live events, large calls, private calling, inviting guest speakers to present, anonymous joining, and more.  Learn more

Tips to avoid repetition between different learning platforms 

If your institution is currently using an LMS, you may want to simplify which platforms educators use to manage assignments, grading, and other tasks. Teams offers Assignments and Grades  but can also be used effectively with those features turned off. The Assignments and Grades features can be removed so that they no longer appear in the app bar or class teams. Instructions are shared below.    

Note:  There are many scenarios where educators may want to try Teams Assignments. It’s an easy way to share and distribute learning activities through OneDrive and Office 365. Educators can assign a variety of resources, including assessments, as well as monitor progress with Grades and customizable rubrics.  Learn more about Assignments . 

How to disable the Assignments and Grades apps in Teams: 

Visit the Teams Admin Center .

Navigate to  Teams apps  >  Permission Policies .

Create a new policy by selecting  Add or modify an existing policy .

In the Microsoft apps section, select  Block specific apps and allow all others  from the dropdown menu.

Click  Add apps  and search for the Assignments  app. Once found, click  Block . Follow the same steps for the  Grades  app.

Permission policies in the Microsoft Teams admin center

Assign the App permissions policy to the desired users or via your global policy following the  process detailed here.

Set up class or staff teams 

Creating a team for your class or a group of staff members can introduce more possibilities for group collaboration, discussions, and file sharing. It also allows you to meet the cadence of your classroom with scheduled meetings and assignments. Use a class team to work with students and staff alongside other learning platforms. 

Invite students to join by link, code , or using School Data Sync with your IT department.   

Schedule meetings in a channel for lectures and seminars  Create a new meeting and choose a channel to meet in. All students in your class team will receive a calendar invite to the meeting. When the meeting begins, they’ll receive a notification in Teams to join. You can also record meetings when students aren’t able to join.

Hold virtual office hours  Schedule these on your Teams calendar so students will know when you’re available.  During office hours, students can reach out via text or video call.

Tip:  Ask students to sign up for their own meeting slots, too, by adding a Form to a channel.  Learn more

Class collaboration and discussion   Moderate class discussions. Post announcements and questions. Create channels to organize collaboration around different units, subjects, or topics. Private channels are great for small group work and project-based learning.  See how it works:  Educators at Newcastle University share their teaching practices.

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File sharing  Documents shared in a team are accessible to all students.  Add important class documents such as syllabi, handbooks, and school calendars to the view-only  Class Materials folder.  Classmates can open Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents directly in Teams and work together in real time, even opening up a chat to the side of a document.  Build a class-wide sharing space.

Assess student learning  Use Assignments to send out quizzes and formative learning assessments.  You don’t need to grade assignments or use points if you don’t want to. Simply use this as another way to send out content and check for comprehension.  Learn more about Assignments in Teams .

Further training and system-wide adoption of Teams and Office 365  

Access training and professional development  from the Microsoft Educator Center to scale distance learning at your institution.

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This article covers the IT administration steps to get your educational institution set up for remote learning using Microsoft Teams.

Within Teams, educators can:

  • Quickly converse with students.
  • Share files and websites.
  • Organize interactive lessons.
  • Provide effective and timely feedback.
  • Distribute and grade assignments.
  • Share instructional material in Professional Learning Communities.

Education administrators and staff can:

  • Stay up-to-date on events.
  • Collaborate using Staff Teams for announcements and topical conversations.
  • Accounts & licenses
  • Set up Teams
  • Class teams
  • Educator early access
  • Meeting scenarios

User accounts, licenses, and identity security

Teams uses Microsoft 365 to authenticate users and provide services. All users should have Microsoft 365 identities established to facilitate collaboration.

If user identities don't already exist, follow this process to establish them:

  • Create users using School Data Sync .
  • Assign licenses to users .
  • Create Microsoft 365 groups .
  • Set up Exchange .
  • Set up SharePoint and OneDrive .
  • Set up users who have Google email .

Microsoft Teams is included in all Microsoft 365 plans, including the free A1 education plan.

For guidance on deploying Microsoft 365 and getting Teams set up, check out Create your Microsoft 365 tenant .

Easily set up Teams

Here are the two things you need to do to get up and running with Teams:

1. Allow users to create teams

By default, everyone can create Microsoft 365 groups and Teams , but this ability may not always be appropriate.

For example, some schools may want to restrict students from creating Teams without supervision. Microsoft 365 group and team creation can be restricted to certain security groups .

For higher education institutions, we recommend allowing everyone, including students, to create teams for classes, research, group projects, and study groups.

For a walk-through of how to create Teams, see Create a class team in Microsoft Teams .

2. Configure user experiences using policies

You can run the Teams for Education Policy Wizard to easily apply policies for your students, educators and staff.

Check out Keeping students safe in Teams for distance learning .

If you want to view our EDU policy recommendations, see Teams policies and policy packages for Education .

Teams policies control the capabilities available for specific users or groups. Policies can define who should be allowed to use private chat, private calling, meeting scheduling, content types that can be shared, and more.

Higher education staff, educators, and students can use the default (global) policies. You can adjust policies to add more functionality to Teams, including translation capabilities and automatic meeting transcription .

Primary-secondary school students may need restricted capabilities. It's recommended that student policy changes be made to the 'Global (Org-wide default)' policy.

Primary-secondary school staff and educators should be assigned policies that grant key capabilities, like allowing private chat and meeting scheduling. Assign these policies in bulk to your staff and educators .

For meeting policies assigned to any users, we recommend setting the Who can bypass the lobby setting to Everyone in your organization . This will ensure that non-authenticated users must be admitted from the lobby before they can join Teams meetings.

For more information, see Manage meeting policies in Teams .

Create class teams for secure classroom use

Microsoft Teams for Education offers specific team types for educational use. The Class team type is designed for classroom use and comes with specific features that support classroom needs including:

  • Assignments.
  • OneNote classroom notebook.
  • Class Materials folder for securing read-only content for students.
  • Insights to provide real-time data regarding student's engagement, assignments, and well-being for each classroom.
  • Early educator access to set up the class before students are added.
  • The ability to mute disruptive students and other special permissions.

Class teams can be created through:

  • School Data Sync (SDS) .
  • Educator-led creation using Microsoft 365 class groups .
  • PowerShell scripts using Graph APIs .
  • Manual team creation .

We'll step through various options to help you choose the right deployment path that best fits your needs.

Automatic team creation using SDS

School Data Sync (SDS) reads the data from an institution's system of record, like a Student Information System (SIS) or Learning Management system (LMS).

SDS can import data from any system of record and has built-in connectors to many SIS vendors .

Benefits of SDS

  • Automatically creates users and applies licenses.
  • Automatically creates and maintains class teams.
  • Syncs with SIS/LMS to maintain student membership changes.
  • Allows educators to prepare classes before adding students .
  • Can automatically create security groups.
  • Creates Administrative Units for scoped administrative delegation.
  • Allows Educator Password Reset .
  • Has built-in cleanup capabilities to rename and archive groups and teams.
  • Syncs grades from Teams to SIS .
  • Protects students personal data .
  • Tracks and manages guardian consent.
  • Provides better Education Insights data.

Considerations for SDS

SDS creates teams in two steps:

  • SDS creates a Microsoft 365 group in Microsoft Entra ID.
  • SDS automatically turns that group into a team.

The second step of creating teams is optional in SDS. An admin may not want to automatically create teams depending on deployment time and the number of unused teams that may result. Instead, see the Educator-led team creation method .

Get started with SDS

To get started, go to School Data Sync (SDS) and contact https://aka.ms/sdssupport for free deployment assistance.

Educator-led team creation from Microsoft 365 class groups

Educator-led team creation makes it easy for educators to create the classes they need.

This approach allows you to either use SDS to create groups for each class (recommended) or use Graph API to create them on your own.

After class groups are prepared, educators can convert their groups into teams:

  • Select the Teams tab in Teams.
  • At the top of the client, select the Suggested classes icon.

Benefits of educator-led team creation

  • Classes are prepared and suggested but not created unless the educator intends to use them.
  • For institutions with more than 500,000 teams, this method reduces the number of unnecessary teams.
  • SDS benefits .
  • Gives educators control to which classes get created.
  • Doesn't require integration with SDS.

Considerations for educator-led team creation

  • Not fully automated and requires some educator action.
  • Educators who don't have permission to create teams can still create teams from existing groups .
  • Graph API requires a high level of technical expertise, time to create and run the script, and time to fix any issues.

Get started with educator-led team creation

To get started with the SDS method, go to School Data Sync (SDS) and contact https://aka.ms/sdssupport for free deployment assistance.

  • You'll need to turn the automatic team creation toggle off in your SDS profile.
  • You can use a combination of automatic and educator-led team creation for class teams by using two SDS profiles.

To use the Graph API method, see Graph API and Create a class team .

PowerShell script using Graph APIs

With PowerShell, you can write a script to create teams and channels, and configure settings automatically.

This method requires the admin to first create the group, add educators and students, and then create the team .

You can also use the Microsoft Graph API to create, configure, clone, and archive teams .

Benefits of PowerShell scripts

  • Gives IT admins control over class creation.
  • Option to create early educator access teams or immediate student access to teams.
  • Syncs student membership changes to Microsoft Entra group .

Considerations for PowerShell scripts

  • Requires a high level of technical expertise and time to create and run the script and fix any issues when creating class groups.
  • No built-in error handling or retry logic.
  • Membership changes aren't synced with SIS.

Class teams require hidden group membership so only educators and students within the class can see the members of that class. To create a Microsoft 365 class group, see Create a class team to meet the privacy requirements.

Manual team creation

Users can tailor their Teams experience by having the ability to create their own teams.

Depending on a user's permissions, they can:

  • Set up their own teams and invite users, including students .
  • Manually add users to the team .
  • Share a join code .
  • Share a link to the team .

It’s best to have educators add their students to the team to ensure the students get access and are notified that they’ve been added.

Benefits of manual team creation

  • Gives educators full control of class creation.
  • Class teams are created immediately.

Considerations for manual team creation

  • Requires educator action and time.
  • Student membership isn't synced with SIS and requires manual management.
  • Students will gain immediate access to class teams.

Recommended best practices

Deploy early to ensure everything is working reliably and ready for the first day of school.

For issues with SDS automatic team creation, educators can use the educator-led team creation method to retry. Manual team creation is another solution, but classes won't sync with SIS.

The tenant team limit is 500,000 teams. Therefore, admins should reduce the number of unused teams to avoid hitting these limits. For more information, see Limits and specifications for Microsoft Teams .

Early access to class teams

Early Access Class Teams allows educators access to their class teams before their students can view it. Educators will have time to set up, add files, and get organized before granting access to their students.

When they're ready for students to access the team, they can activate their class .

How do I create class teams that allow educators early access to set up a team before admitting students?

Teams created from groups (through SDS, educator-led or Graph API) automatically create early access teams by default.

To create your own early access teams using Graph API, you’ll need to create a class and create the team from a group .

How do I check if a class is activated?

In the team resource type , view the property isMembershipLimitedToOwners , to see if a class is activated.

Use the Get Team API to query the isMembershipLimitedToOwners property for a specific class. If the team is activated, it will return a value of false. If the team hasn't been activated, it will return a value of true.

How do I activate a class for an educator?

Use the Update Team API , and set the isMembershipLimitedToOwners property to false to activate the team on your educator’s behalf. After a team is activated, it can't be reversed.

Create staff teams for staff communication and collaboration

Staff type teams are for education administrators and staff to share information and work together on institute-wide initiatives.

Education administrators can add staff to the team with the team creation wizard, by adding members after the team is created , or by sharing a join code or link to the team .

Teams meeting scenarios

Collaborative meetings for virtual classes.

Microsoft Teams meetings support up to 250 concurrent attendees, including the ability to have audio, video, content sharing , whiteboards, and shared notes.

Meetings can be:

  • Scheduled within the Teams client .
  • Recorded and saved for attendees to review later.
  • Transcribed to easily find content .
  • Accessed using a laptop or mobile phone webcam, microphone, and speaker.
  • Optimized for specific devices .
  • Ended for all participants to ensure students aren't in a meeting unsupervised.

District/University events or updates

Some meetings have a large audience and extra production needs. These meetings often have defined presenters, producers, and moderated Q&A.

Teams supports these sessions using Microsoft Teams live events .

Live Events can be used for scenarios, such as:

  • District or university-wide updates.
  • Leadership addresses.
  • Instructions for large classes or student groups.
  • Extending to your community.

Learn about conducting live sessions at:

  • Plan and schedule a live event .
  • Produce a live event .
  • Attend a live event .
  • Moderating a Q&A .

Support resources

For a generic overview of transitioning to remote learning, start here

If you're an IT admin, educator, student, or guardian, these resources may help you use Teams:

  • Teams features by platform .
  • Download and distribute Teams clients .
  • Teams Troubleshooting .
  • Teams for Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure .
  • Monitor and manage call quality .
  • Verify service health for Teams .
  • Optimize Microsoft 365 traffic for remote staff .
  • Support contacts for Teams .
  • Teams for Education webinars .
  • Help center for educators .
  • Remote learning help .
  • Download Teams .
  • Online course for educators using Teams .
  • Online course to craft Collaborative Learning Environments with Teams .
  • File a support ticket .
  • Help center for students .

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