- Will there be additional staff on the buses to assist the drivers?
- Yes, all route buses will have a bus monitor onboard to assist with temperature checks, boarding procedures, assigned seats and overseeing student behavior.
- Are bus drivers and monitors required to wear masks?
- Yes, all transportation staff while on the bus ae required to wear masks and other safety equipment as required.
- Will student temperatures be taken prior to boarding the bus?
- Yes, temperatures will be taken at the bus stop and prior to boarding by the bus monitor.
- Does my child need to bring hand sanitizer to the bus?
- No, hand sanitizer stations were installed behind the driver’s seat and is required to be used as boarding by all students.
- Is a mask required to ride the bus?
- Yes, all children 1st through 12th grade will require masks. Underlying health conditions preventing a student from wearing a mask will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
- Will my child have to ride in a seat with another child or have an individual seat?
- There are currently no restrictions with children transported on a Kentucky school bus and maintain social distancing while wearing a mask. Masks will be required of all students 1st through 12th grade.
- Will students have assigned seats?
- Students will have assigned seats for contact tracing purposes if ever required.
- Can my children sit together on the bus while being transported?
- Yes, it is a preferred method and students of the same household will be assigned the same seat.
- How do you disinfect the school bus during the pandemic?
- The school district has a scheduled cleaning and disinfecting plan and is as follows:
- Buses shall be disinfected/sanitized between high, middle and elementary routes with disinfectant spray and the Graco electrostatic sprayers prior to head start. At the end of the day, the bus shall receive a thorough cleaning by wiping down and drying all high touch areas and then disinfected/sanitized utilizing the Graco electrostatic sprayers.
- Prior to morning bus routes: Buses cleaned the evening prior and disinfected/sanitized utilizing EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 and the Graco electrostatic sprayers
- Post AM high/middle school routes: Buses will be sprayed utilizing EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 prior to elementary routes
- Post AM elementary: Head start buses will disinfected/sanitize all buses utilizing the Graco electrostatic sprayers
- Post AM morning routes: The driver/monitor staff will clean buses after the morning routes by wiping down and drying all high touch areas. Electrostatic sprayers will be utilized on all buses after the cleaning process is complete
- Post PM head start bus routes: All head start buses will be sprayed utilizing EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 prior to high and middle school routes
- Post PM high/middle school routes: Buses will be sprayed utilizing EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 prior to elementary routes
- Post afternoon routes: The driver/monitor staff will clean buses after the afternoon routes by wiping down and drying all high touch areas. Electrostatic sprayers will be utilized on all buses after the cleaning process is complete
- Activity buses: All activity buses will be cleaned upon each use by wiping down and drying all high touch areas. Electrostatic sprayers will be utilized after the cleaning process is complete.
- Are there best practices that I should be discussing with my child prior to riding the bus?
- Yes and here are several discussion topics.
- Children should understand the importance of not congregating and to practice social distancing 6 feet and greater when possible or to have a mask on when not.
- Only touch items necessary for safety while boarding, exiting and riding the bus.
- Do not touch other students.
- Sit in assigned seat only and remain seated.
- Keep their mask on at all times.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus.
- What is your plan for ventilation while children are on the bus?
- Ventilation is our friend and the drivers and monitors were instructed to have the windows down and roof hatches open as weather permits and there are no environmental safety risks as indicated by the Department of Public Health.
- What will happen is a student is at the bus stop with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees?
- Transportation staff will attempt to contact the parent/guardian to come to the bus stop and pick up their child. If a student with a fever must be transported on the bus, the student will be seated at the front of the bus, passenger side, apart from other students as much as possible. Upon arrival at school, the ill student will be released to school staff and prior to other students exiting.
- Are there bus boarding and exiting protocols?
At the bus stop:
While students are waiting to board the bus, they will need to remain six feet apart, unless they are siblings who live together. Students should be encouraged to wear their masks at the bus stop.
Boarding the bus:
- Students will board the bus in a slow, orderly fashion.
- Students will wait in line six feet apart until it is time to board the bus.
- Bus monitor will take student temperature
- The monitor will instruct the student when it is safe to board the bus.
- Student utilize hand sanitizer from the mounted station behind the driver.
- The bus will be seated back to front. This means students will board and then will take a seat as far back as possible. Each student will have an assigned seat.
- While on the bus, students 1st through 12th, staff, and drivers will be required to wear masks.
Exiting the bus:
- Students will exit the bus in an orderly manner.
- The driver or monitor will dismiss students in the front of the bus first, going row by row until the bus is empty. This will help keep students from passing each other as they exit.
- Students will remain six feet apart while exiting the bus.
- Students must continue to wear their mask as they exit the bus.