The following information below is from the province’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings issued on July 29, 2020 and also the District’s September Startup Guidelines for Schools K-12 (COVID19) issued on August 26, 2020.
It is important to note, the District takes direction from the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. These guidelines regarding student transportation on buses may change. We will continue to update this page when new information is made available.
Daily Health Check
Code of Conduct Rules for Students have been updated to ensure that students will not be able to ride the bus if:
- They are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19
- They have come into close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID 19, or
- They have recently travelled outside Canada
Parents/guardians must ensure they complete the daily health check with their child before boarding a District bus. In late August, schools sent families the daily health check form which must be filled out and returned to the school (one time only). Please see below for important instructions prior to riding the bus. The District appreciates your attention and cooperation regarding health and safety.
Important instructions for your child’s first bus ride to school:
Step 1. Complete, sign, and print a copy of your child’s daily health check form. Ensure your child has this with them to show the bus driver.
Step 2. Bring a non-medical mask for your child to wear on this first day. Disposable masks will be available if needed. Our schools will be distributing non-medical masks for student use. This will be communicated by schools.
Step 3. Ensure your child has clean hands when boarding a bus.
Step 4. Ensure your child arrives at their bus stop at the required time.
Step 5. Ensure your child follows all health and safety instructions advised by the bus driver.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Buses used for transporting students will be cleaned and disinfected according the guidance provided in the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document. In addition, drivers are to wipe down all handles and handrails in between runs with disinfectant wipes provided (the disinfectant wipes will be in a soft sealed bag to ensure compliance with CVSE standards) and the Custodial department to disinfect the busses at the end of each day.
Bus drivers are encouraged to clean their hands often, including before and after completing trips. They will be provided with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use during trips. Parents have been asked to ensure students clean their hands before they leave home to take the bus, when they leave school prior to taking the bus, and when they get home.
Personal Protective Equipment
Bus drivers are required to wear a non-medical mask, a face covering or a face shield (in which case a non-medical mask should be worn in addition to the face shield) when they cannot maintain physical distance or be behind a physical barrier in the course of their duties. Exceptions will be made for bus drivers who cannot wear masks for medical and/or disability-related reasons.
- Middle and secondary school students are required to wear non-medical masks (Grades 6-12); exceptions will be made for students and staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons
and/or disability-related reasons.
- Elementary school students are not required to wear masks (Grades K-5).
To reduce the number of close, in-person interactions, the following protocols are in place:
Procedure for Loading/Unloading of Students
- A student must be at the top of the stairwell, before the next student boards
- Students loading are to go directly to the back to an available seat, working their way forward to fill seats as to avoid passing other students on bus.
- Student will be unloading from the front first, in consecutive order toward the rear most seating where possible.
- Seating will be kept consistent and seats assigned where possible; up-to-date passenger and seating arrangement lists should be kept should contact tracing need to occur.
- If space is available, students should each have their own seat (unless sharing with a member of their own household) and sit separated side to side, and front to back.
- The seating arrangement can be altered whenever necessary to support student health and safety (e.g. accommodating children with a physical disability, responding to behavioural issues, etc.).
If you have any questions about health and safety guidelines for bussing, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.