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 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 within 6 feet of each other. 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 and contract carriers will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact areas will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) run depending upon the disinfection schedule.  

School buses shall 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 or private schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district and whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions. 

Experience on the School Bus 

Drivers and attendants must wear a face covering while students are on the bus.   A face shield may be worn IN ADDITION to a face mask.  

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.  

Once on the bus, drivers and attendants will open bus windows and roof hatches when weather permits and the temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing for flow of air throughout the bus.  

As students get onto the bus, they will have to be socially distant while wearing a mask.  Should they not have a mask, one will be provided to them by the driver or attendant.  Students will occupy the seats in the back of the bus first and fill them forward, sitting 1 per seat unless they are sitting with a member from the same household, keeping the seat directly behind the driver empty at all times  

At the end of each tier, drivers will wipe down high touch areas (i.e. seats and handrail) using the cleaning products and rags issued by the transportation department and complete a disinfection report sheet.  Gloves and face shields must be worn when disinfecting between tiers.  Buses will be disinfected between AM & PM bus routes by trained personnel and logged by dispatcher each day, then again after all PM Routes.  

When students disembark the bus, they should continue to follow social distancing protocols. Students will have access to hand sanitizer dispensers as they enter the school building.  Additional protocols for student drop off will be created for each building if necessary.

For the 2020-2021 school year, all high school students taking the bus will only be allowed to take their assigned bus to and from school.  Additionally, playdates for students in all grade levels that would require them to take a different bus than that which they are assigned will be prohibited.