Safety protocols for transporting students on the school bus:
- The bus driver will wear a mask and face shield when students and/or parent/guardian are boarding or departing the bus (within 6-feet of the driver) or a KN95 mask when securing a wheelchair.
- Driver will also wear a face mask any time a passenger is on the bus.
- Currently, the number of passengers assigned to one bus is reduced to reinforce physical distancing.
- The front seats closest to the driver will remain empty.
- Students will wear a mask or face shield, have an assigned seat (based on the route) with the student’s name written above the seat.
- Passengers will sit alone (unless in the same household) and spaced apart from other passengers.
- A single passenger will sit 6 or more feet away from the driver. When more than one passenger, the first passenger on the bus will have an assigned seat in the back of the bus to avoid passing other passengers while boarding. Additional passengers will sit in boarding order from rear to front and unloading front to rear.
- Windows and roof hatches should remain partially open even when raining to increase ventilation. Whenever possible, doors/windows/roofhatches will be left open between routes to air out the bus.
- If possible, turn the defrost fan towards the driver to keep air flowing past the driver’s area.
- After each run the driver will wipe down all high touch areas which include handrails, seats, window ledge and seatbelts with a disposable disinfectant wipe.
- Upon return to base, the driver will clean the bus, wiping all touch surfaces including the driver's area.
- Buses used for delivery and not transporting students will be sprayed with a disinfectant (in a hand pump spray bottle) throughout the bus at the end of the day.
- Buses transporting students will spray down with a disinfectant wand in the evening by trained staff (ReliefCrew).