Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. Students and school staff must wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) and should maintain appropriate social distancing when possible.

Students who are able will be required to wear masks and social distance on the bus to the extent practicable; however, students whose physical or mental health would be impaired are not required to wear a face covering, but must be appropriately socially distanced. Members of the same household may be seated within 6 feet of each other.

Buses that are used every day will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact spots will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) run in addition to the cleaning. 

School buses will not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district. School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses. 

Wheelchair school buses will configure wheelchair placement to ensure social distancing of 6 feet.

Whether school is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions.

School Bus Staff

Before arriving to work, school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics are required to perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 including a daily temperature check. If staff are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will notify their employer as per the reporting policies and seek medical attention. 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering along with an optional face shield.  Transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Transportation departments/carriers will provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages.  Drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

Below you will find the guiding principles that outline transportation activities/protocols:

  • All buses will have 25 disposable masks for dispersal on a regular basis, these have been delivered.
  • If possible, siblings will be together in our routing process and can sit with each other.
  • Social distancing will be considered by having one student per seat (excluding siblings); we also have purchased social distancing floor markers to place in the aisles of all school buses.
  • Students will complete health screenings at home before students enter the bus.
  • A transportation opt out letter was sent to all parents in the district to understand bus capacity.
  • A bus cleaning/disinfecting checklist was created that staff will complete at the end of all AM and PM runs, cleaning will also occur in "high touch" areas between multiple am/pm runs.
  • Drivers will be instructed to have windows and roof hatches open when temps are above 45 degrees.
  • We have purchased enough gloves for all drivers and attendants, and extra gloves will be provided to each bus.  A process by which staff can sign out additional supplies as needed will be created.
  • Staff will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water before and after am and pm runs to keep healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next.
  • We will implement staggered arrivals and dismissals. This will result in less students on walkways at a time.  Drivers/attendants will provide verbal reminders and work with school personnel on both arrival and dismissal procedures.
  • Schools will reconfigure the loading and unloading locations for students who are transported by bus, car or are pedestrians.
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