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August 10, 2022

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC
BACK TO SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS


CLEANING OF VEHICLES

All service vehicles (i.e. frequently touched surfaces such as seat cushions, top of seats, handrail(s), seatbelts, and driver controls) will be cleaned with disinfectant prior to the start of each bus run. The type of disinfectant used will be in accordance with recommendations from Public Health.


PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Proper hand washing is the best practice for stopping the spread of the virus. Hand washing prior to and after each trip on the bus is recommended for everyone. Masks are encouraged for all riders.

BUS STOPS

It is recommended that all students and parents maintain a 2-meter physical distance while waiting at the bus stop. Students should be reminded to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before they leave for the bus stop or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer just before boarding the bus. Students must follow the direction of the driver when boarding the bus.

Students who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 will not be allowed to take transportation. Parents must screen their child for any symptoms prior to sending them to board the bus. If a child is displaying symptoms such as coughing, fever or other obvious signs of an illness, they will not be allowed to board the bus. The bus driver will inform the parent/guardian, if they are with the child, that the child cannot ride. If there is no parent/guardian, with the child, the driver will contact dispatch to advise the family that the child cannot be transported. If a child gets sick at school or exhibit symptoms they will not be transported on the bus after school.


For any further information please refer to Public Health Ontario (PDF).

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