The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines.

Student requirements

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 to the extent practicable.

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 in the same seat. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to drop off or walk students to school to reduce density on buses.

All buses that are used every day by districts will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact spots will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) bus runs.

Wheelchair transport 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.

All students are entitled to transportation by the district to the extent required by law.

When temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, school buses will transport passengers with roof hatches or windows slightly opened to provide air flow.

The district may reconfigure the loading and unloading locations for students who are transported by bus, car or are pedestrians.

School bus staff

All transportation personnel are required to perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work. If personnel are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will notify their supervisor as per the reporting policies and seek medical attention.

All transportation personnel must wear a face covering along with an optional face shield.

All transportation personnel will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

All transportation personnel will be provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment as required.

Bus drivers or monitors who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

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