Masks, spacing and a promise from parents required when Wake students board the bus
When Wake County public schools welcome students back to campus, riding the bus will look different.Posted — Updated
At the bus stop, students will be asked to stand six feet apart. They will board one-by-one, allowing each other ample space, and will be required to wear a mask. Bus drivers will have them on hand for those who forget.
Buses will operate at only one-third capacity, and students will be limited to one student per seat unless they are siblings.
Once in motion, though, bus drivers will not be watching students to make sure masks stay on, according to Stephen Sposato, director of transportation operations in Wake County.
"Our primary focus when that bus is in operation is to pay attention to the road. All of the other practices regarding school transportation still apply," he said. "We want to make sure that our kids our safe."
Bus drivers will disinfect buses at the end of the day.
Sposato said that, despite any pandemic hesitations, the district expects to have a full complement of drivers to get students to school and back home safely.
Katherine Joyce, executive director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, praised the steps Wake County is taking.
“We commend the efforts of North Carolina’s public school transportation leaders to ensure safe operations of buses and the important role that plays in educating K-12 students," she said. “As we continue in these challenging times of operating schools during this COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring safe student transportation is a top priority not only for all school transportation employees, but also for principals and superintendents across the state.”
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