School Transportation Safety Plan: COVID-19

Contact: transport@csf.bc.ca

In these exceptional times, the CSF and its school transportation providers will continue to provide the service to families. The CSF school bus service is provided through a contract with a local school board or a private transportation company.

The CSF school bus service is provided through a contract with a local school board or a private transportation company. All service providers are responsible for complying with the health and safety rules set out by the Ministry of Education and public health authorities. The CSF takes particular care to ensure that its service providers comply with these rules.

 

Important information

Below you will find important instructions:

 

Bus drivers

1. Must carry out a daily self-check for cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms before driving the bus. A driver who shows any symptoms must not drive the bus.

2. Must wash their hands often, including before and after completing their trips.

3. In the absence of a washing station, hand sanitizer will be available and used by the driver before starting the trip.

4. Must keep passenger and seat availability lists up to date so that they can be shared with public health authorities for contract tracing purposes.

5. Must ensure that physical distancing rules are complied with in and around the bus as much as possible.

6. Must inform students of boarding and deboarding procedures.

7. Must supervise the boarding and deboarding process.

8. Drivers are required to wear a disposable or reusable mask or a face screen (in which case a non-medical mask must be worn in addition to the face screen) when they cannot maintain physical distancing or remain behind a physical barrier while carrying out their duties. Gloves will be provided for disinfection purposes.

 

Passengers

1. All students grade 6 to 12 are required to wear a non-medical mask when riding the school bus.

2. Students must be registered for school transportation before being authorized to take the bus. This will allow drivers to have a full list of students taking the bus.

3. Guest passengers will not be authorized on school buses.

4. Courtesy seats are not authorized currently, in order to guarantee that students who are enrolled and eligible for school transportation have a seat on the bus.

5. Secondary stops at the home of a parent who cares for the child are authorized.

6. Secondary stops in the morning at daycares are to be discouraged. In the afternoon, secondary stops at daycares are authorized so long as there is sufficient space on the bus and the stop is on an existing route.

7. Parents/guardians must carry out daily monitoring of their child for symptoms of cold, flu, COVID-19, or any other infectious respiratory illness before sending them to school. A child who shows any symptoms must not take the bus or go to school.

8. Students must wash their hands before leaving home to take the bus, before leaving school to board the bus, and when they arrive home.

9. They will have assigned seats.

10. They must use hand sanitizer before boarding the bus.

11. Food and drink may not be consumed on the school bus, with the exception of a personal water bottle. Lunches and snacks must remain in students’ backpacks or lunch boxes.

12. No student is required to wear a mask if they cannot tolerate it.

 

Cleaning of buses

Regular disinfection is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Buses used to transport students will be cleaned and disinfected according to guidelines provided by the BCCDC on cleaning and disinfectants for public settings.