Healthy School Transportation Guiding Principles
We have developed transportation procedures in accordance with DESE Guidance for School Transportation.
Disinfecting/Sanitizing: Disinfecting will continue as needed and at minimum high touch surfaces will be wiped down daily.
Hand Sanitizing: All buses have hand sanitizer stations as children enter and they may use the hand sanitizer upon boarding.
Masks/Face Coverings: Required masks/face coverings for all students and adults. All students (PK-12) and adults are required to wear masks on busses, and while waiting at bus stops. Exceptions to mask/face covering requirements may be made for those for whom it is not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors. Also note, the bus drivers could be wearing a full face shield while driving, as some masks cause fogging on those that need glasses to drive – therefore drivers will be using the face shield in order to see clearly.
Screening: Parents/caregivers are expected to assess their child’s health on a daily basis and not send them on the bus if they are ill. Schools will provide information to families in their primary language to support them in conducting this symptom check and families should not send their children to school if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Bus drivers and monitors will receive training from our school nurses on screening for COVID-19 symptoms. In grades K-7, a parent or caregiver must be present when a child boards the bus in the morning. If any student presents with symptoms, the student will not be permitted to board the bus. The parent or caregiver must contact the school nurse before bringing their child to school. If a student becomes ill with COVID-19 during the school day, the student will not be permitted to ride the school bus home.
Ventilation: Bus windows must remain open at all times unless not possible due to extreme weather conditions. Even in cold or rainy weather, bus windows should be kept open at least partially (a couple of inches), if possible.
**Note Routing Change** In order to try and minimize the time students spend together on buses, bus stops will be moved out of neighborhoods and more centrally located. Be aware, you may not have the same bus stop as in years past.
Transportation Office Hours
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
2:00 PM to 5:00 PMDuring our Public office hours, as listed, ring the bell upon your arrival and we will be happy to help you. Please do be patient as we have a small space and can only have one family at a time inside.
Application/Payment DropboxWe have a drop box out front that you can use 24/7 to drop your payment and application off and applications are available here on our website.