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Transportation Procedures

On the Bus

One of the most challenging spaces for physical distancing is on the bus.  The safety of students, employees, drivers and monitors is our highest priority, and everyone must do their part to stay safe. All SPARK students will be required to wear masks and maintain physical distance while on the bus.  However, given current realities, it is likely not possible to consistently maintain the recommended 6 feet social distancing on school buses.  APS encourages families to make transportation decisions that they believe are best for their children.  

General Health and Safety Measures (all vehicles and routes)

Families will be encouraged to voluntarily walk, drive or bike to school, in order to help us provide maximum physical distancing for those who need transportation. 

    • Upon entry into the building students will be pre-screened and temperatures will be checked. Individuals must stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. Student’s temperatures will not be checked prior to them getting on the bus. 
    • Students, drivers and monitors (if present) must wear masks or face coverings, with very limited exceptions for children with special accommodations due to a disability.

 

  • APS will provide an emergency supply of masks and face coverings, available on all vehicles, in case a student arrives without one. 

 

  • Hand sanitizer will be kept aboard the bus and used throughout the day.
  • Windows on the vehicle will be kept open to the greatest extent possible. During bad weather, even a crack of outside air will assist with ventilation. If windows must be closed, the ventilation will be set to bring in fresh air / to prevent recirculating air.
  • Vehicles will be cleaned with a nonhazardous disinfectant (or plain soap and water) between every route, with weekly enhanced cleaning. 
  • Parents/caregivers will be encouraged to speak with their child(ren) about following the driver and monitor’s instructions including sitting where they are asked to, even if it means not getting to sit with their friends. 
  • If a driver, monitor or student becomes sick with COVID-19, those who were potentially exposed will be notified based on bus-specific contact information gathered at the time of each student's departure from the bus; and thorough cleaning and sanitization will take place before the vehicle can be used again. 
    • If a student is unable to wear a mask but needs to be in school, parents/caregivers should contact the school to discuss disability accommodations.
    • Parents of students who are able to wear a mask, but do not do so, will be contacted by the school to discuss a solution. If this becomes a pattern, the student may be suspended from the bus.
  • Parents and caregivers will be encouraged to reinforce bus rules about maintaining quiet, calm behavior on the bus. Loud talking, yelling or singing are known to more widely disperse infectious respiratory droplets.