RE: Transportation Changes for the 2020-21 School Year due to Covid-19
Parents and Guardians,
The Iowa Department of Education has provided reopening guidance for school districts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regulations specific to the transportation of students. I'd like to make you aware of the changes that will help to reduce the spread of this virus and protect riders.
Transportation changes for the 2020-21 school year:
- Students should not ride (or attend school) if they have a fever above 100.4 or show signs of COVID-19
- Students will be required to wear a mask when riding in a district vehicle. If a student arrives without a mask, one will be provided for them and a parent will be contacted. Refusal to comply may cause the student to be removed from the route with no refund.
- Students should wash their hands before arriving at the bus stop.
- Due to concerns for driver vision, bus and van drivers will not be required to wear a mask. This is a state recommendation we are following.
- Students will be assigned two to a seat and must remain seated for the duration of the trip.
- Students from the same household will be asked to ride together in the same seat(s).
- Students will not be allowed to eat or drink while riding in a district vehicle.
- Students are asked to line up in a single file line while waiting for the bus.
- Buses will be sanitized twice per day - after morning routes and again following afternoon routes.
For additional rules of the bus, check out your student handbook online at www.bfschools.org using your school building website page.
Mary Jo Hetrick
Director of Transportation