School bus transportation will be provided during the 2020-2021 school year, with enhanced health and safety measures in place. Active forms of travel (for example, walking and cycling) and private transportation, are encouraged where possible to help alleviate the demand on school buses.
Delayed Start of School Bus Transportation
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) has been working closely with our school board as well as the Halton District School Board to collate and coordinate the information received from parents, confirming which students will be returning back to school for in-class instruction, and how many of those students will require transportation. Due to the changes in the school schedules, as well as the enhanced health and safety protocols that will have to be in place on school buses, HSTS will require some additional time to finalize the transportation arrangements. In light of this, the start of school bus routes will be delayed this year.
School bus transportation to and from school will be available as follows:
- For elementary students in the self-contained Community Living, Essential Skills, and Structured Teaching special education classes, and secondary students in our Life Skills classes, transportation to and from school will be available beginning Friday, September 11, 2020.
- For all other students (Kindergarten to Grade 12), school bus transportation to and from school will be available beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.
Please note that our schools will be open to students. We appreciate that many families rely on school buses to get their children to and from school, and we are hopeful that you will be able to make alternative arrangements for next week.
Once transportation arrangements have been finalized, HSTS will be sending an email to parents so that they may confirm the confirm the route number, pick-time and location through the parent portal. [/vc_column_text]
The following are the measures that will be put in place to protect our students, staff and school bus drivers.
1. All bus drivers complete a daily self-assessment screen for COVID- 19 BEFORE arriving at work.
- Staff must check their own temperature
- If any signs or symptoms, staff must stay home and employer and school must be contacted.
- Staff who screen positive should be tested for COVID-19
2. Students who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID19, or in self-isolation due to travel must stay home. They should not use student transportation services.
- If a student develops symptoms while at school, they will not be permitted to take the school bus home and should be picked up by a parent/guardian.
Staying safe when riding the school bus during COVID-19 [Primary]
Staying safe when riding the school bus during COVID-19 [Junior]
- Students, parents/guardians and caregivers should maintain physical distancing between people when waiting at school bus stops.
Strategies to support physical distancing on buses include:
- Students will sit with siblings and/or students in the same class, where possible.
- Students will be assigned seats and a record of the seating plan will be kept to assist with contact tracing in the case of a student or driver contracting COVID—19.
Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection Protocols on Buses
- Students will be encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with them and sanitize hands before entering the bus.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available on each bus for use by the bus driver, in the event they have to assist a student.
- High touch areas will be sanitized at the end of each morning and afternoon route.
Masks and PPE on School Buses
- Students between Grade JK-12 that are eligible for transportation are encouraged to wear their masks at their designated bus stop.
- Students must have their mask on before entering on the bus.
- Parents may choose to send an additional face covering (e.g., non-medical mask) for their child(ren) to wear. Parents are responsible for ensuring cleanliness of the face covering.
Supports for Immunocompromised and Medically Fragile Students
We will work with HSTS to support accommodations for immunocompromised and medically vulnerable students.
Opting Out of School Bus Transportation
Parents and guardians whose child(ren) are eligible for transportation, but will not be riding the bus in September, 2020 are asked to complete the Opt-Out Form at haltonbus.ca.
HSTS Communication with Parents
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will be sharing information with families of all students who are eligible for transportation to ensure they are aware of the new school bus rules relating to COVID-19.
Courtesy Seats on School Buses
Courtesy seats will not be offered for the 2020-21 school year, until further notice.Transportation