As with any school district, transportation is vital to ensure students are attending school each day. With our reopening plan some areas have changed to ensure that we can transport our students safely and under the guidelines set forth by the New York State Education Department.
New York State Education Law requires that non-city school districts provide transportation for all children in grades K-8 who live more than two miles from the school they legally attend and for all children in grades 9-12 who live more than three miles from the school they legally attend, up to a distance of 15 miles (NYSED, 2020). There will be no change to our current policy at this point but if bussing capacity becomes an issue we may tend the walking distance to 1.25 miles, which is well below what the NYSED allows.
- All students must wear face coverings when using district transportation
- There will only be one student per seat, alternating by aisle and window seating in each row
- Temperature checks will be conducted as a student enters a vehicle
- A parent/guardian for grades PreK-6 must be present at the designated stop
- If a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, the student will need to stay home. It is encouraged that parents take their child’s temperature and assess their health before leaving their residence each day
- Due to the limited capacity for each vehicle, students will only be transported to and from their designated residence each day. There will be no alternative pick-up or drop-off. The district is looking at possibilities to expand this situation but currently we will be using all of our vehicles to transport students to and from school.
- Windows and roof hatches will be open when temperatures are 50 degrees or greater. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately
- All district drivers and staff will be wearing face shields and face coverings and gloves when they have direct contact with a student
Protocol for cleaning and disinfecting:
- All vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected each day they are used