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Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus

By: Thomasine Hassell, Director of Transportation

 

As Craven County Schools continues to make preparations for the return to school, the Transportation Department has been working hard to ensure our students are safely transported to and from school. There are many new procedures in place so our riders, as well as our drivers, remain healthy.

 The 3 W’s will part of riding the school bus this year-Wear your mask while at the bus stop and while riding the bus, Wait 6 feet part at the bus stop and when loading and unloading onto and off the bus, and Wash your hands frequently with hand sanitizer that has been installed on the bus for your child’s protection. The safety and health screening protocols will take place by the bus driver prior to students being able to access their assigned seat on the bus.  The bus driver will not allow the student to board the bus If the student has a fever of 100.0 or higher or is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion, runny nose
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • New cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a child has any of these symptoms, they will need to go home, stay away from other people, and the family member should call the child’s health care provider as referenced in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). Due to the new protocol of screening students prior to boarding the bus, all students in pre-k through 5th grade will need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or parent designee in the event they have to be escorted back home if they display any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

 If a student in grades 6-12 presents one or more symptoms, they will not be transported to school and will have to return home. In the event the student is asked to return home, the bus driver will contact the Transportation Supervisor so the school can make contact with the parent/guardian. Please note when a child is sent home based on the symptoms screening process all siblings or children living in the same household must return home as well.  This is based on guidance from the NCDHHS.

 Our bus drivers will also be trained on the new cleaning procedures. Frequently touched services on each school bus will be properly cleaned and disinfected after each route. This includes seats, door handles, doors and windows, and grab handles.

 Under Plan B, bus routes have been created based on the assigned day students will attend school. For this reason, no alternate bus stops or bus stop appeals will be granted. Students will be assigned to a specific seat since only one child is permitted per seat. Siblings will be allowed to share a seat. This information will be communicated by your child’s bus driver. If your child is not planning on riding the school bus at this time, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible.

 We realize these guidelines are new for our students and families, so we ask for your patience as we transition to these protocols while safely transporting students back to school. These procedures may take some additional time however it is necessary to support healthy behaviors on all of our school buses, so our students and staff remain safe. Together we can all do our part!