School Bus Staff
Students who are able will be required to wear masks and social distance on the bus; 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 the school and contract carriers will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact spots will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) run depending upon the disinfection schedule.
Pursuant to Executive Order 202, Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Education Department hereby authorizes the use of and availability of hand sanitizer dispensers on school bus vehicles that fall under the inspection jurisdiction of New York State Department of Transportation. For the duration of Executive Order 202, no school bus vehicle presented for inspection to the New York State Department of Transportation, as required by Section 140 of NYS Transportation Law, shall be taken out of service due to the presence of a securely mounted hand sanitizer dispenser.
If a carrier installs a hand sanitizer dispenser, it must be located within the driver's compartment and secured in a manner which would preclude such a device from becoming a projectile in the event of a sudden stop or impact. The size of the hand sanitizer receptacle may not exceed 40 ounces and must be ethanol based per DOH guidelines. The dispenser must not block any aisles or points of egress and must not present any type of draw string hazard.
School bus vehicle owners/operators will be provided 30-days’ notice upon the expiration of the Executive Order in which to remove such hand sanitizer dispensers.
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, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions.
All students are entitled to transportation by the public school district to the extent required by law. Transportation departments do not have the ability or the right to deny transportation for children who are in foster care, homeless or attend private or charter schools. Parents who may have missed the due date to request out of district transportation due to a reasonable excuse may file a 310 appeal with the Commissioner of Education.