Our Office is open to the public, an appointment is preferred, but if you do not have one and stop by, please be patient as we are in a small location and can only handle one family at a time. Our public hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. then we must close to clean, disinfect and catch up on other administrative duties and we reopen to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Note: On Wednesday's ONLY we are open to the public from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Bus Seating Map
Healthy School Transportation Guiding Principles
We have developed transportation procedures in accordance with DESE Guidance for School Transportation.
Disinfecting/Sanitizing: At a minimum, high-touch surfaces (see examples below) must be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly after each morning route and after each afternoon route using EPA-approved disinfectants. High-touch surfaces could include; handholds, window latches, rails, steering wheels, door handles, shifter, dashboard controls, and stanchions, will be cleaned first and most frequently. Buses will be sanitized nightly using EPA-approved disinfectants.
Hand Sanitizing: Required hand sanitizing upon boarding the bus. All buses will have touchless hand sanitizing units where students will be required to use upon boarding the bus.
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.
Physical Distancing: All students will be assigned seats, which will be their seat on the bus, every time they ride the bus. Students will sit one person per bench, alternating sides per row; children from the same household may sit together on one bench. See the Bus Seating Map image for example. Students may not eat, sing, shout or share items while on the bus.
Cohort Ridership: Groups of students will be kept to the same bus to the greatest extent possible, minimizing contact. **Note routing change** Alternate bus stops will not be available unless it is on the same bus your child rides from home to school or school to home.
**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.
**Siblings will sit together**