- Students are required to complete their health questionnaire prior to arriving at the bus stop. Health certification results will be sent electronically to the school when completed. If the student does not pass the health questionnaire, he/she should stay home.
- Students are required to physically distance as well as wear a mask while waiting for the bus.
- Students will have assigned seating, and students of the same household will sit together in order to assist with contact tracing procedures.
Arrival & Dismissal - Immediately upon arrival to school, students will be released from the bus to stagger the times they enter the building and reduce the potential congestion at each entrance location. Students who have not submitted their health questionnaire will not be allowed access into the school building until they are certified (Daily Health Certification). Likewise, students will have a staggered release from school to reduce the number of students loading onto the buses. Pick-up and drop-off times may vary by a few minutes due to the nature of staggered arrival and dismissal times.
Passenger Safety Precautions
Health Checks - Drivers, monitors, and students will be required to complete daily health certification (COVID-19 questionnaire) verifying that they are free of any COVID-19 symptoms.
Face Coverings -Drivers, monitors and students are required to wear a face covering at all times. Each bus will have disposable masks available for students who forget or lose their mask. Face shields will be made available to students who have a corresponding medical need and cannot wear a mask. Failure by the student to properly wear the mask will endanger the health and safety of other passengers and will be addressed through collaboration with the student’s parents/guardians and/or through progressive discipline, which could result in a mandatory change to a full e-learning model.
Sanitization -District 115 strongly requests that each child wash their hands prior to leaving home and bring along with them a small bottle of hand sanitizer, if possible. Bus drivers will clean the bus after each route during their routine child checks. Drivers will use a district-approved and supplied disinfectant to spray each seat, handrail, and bus control as well as other fixtures that are exposed to constant contact by passengers. In the event that a passenger has tested positive for COVID-19, or is found to have similar symptoms and fails their daily health questionnaire, the bus will be taken out of rotation for 24 hours and will undergo a thorough deep cleaning by Septran.
Ventilation - Each bus will have open windows (weather dependent) to allow for proper ventilation for all passengers. Depending on the medical needs of passengers, buses transporting special education students will have either open windows or fans operating to allow for proper ventilation.