• Great Neck Public Schools

    SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:

    Transportation

    School Reopening 2020-2021

Summary

  • Transportation is a major function of our school system's operation. The Office of Transportation provides services for over 8,000 pupils, including those attending schools within the District and out-of-district private, parochial and special schools. School districts are expected to fulfill existing mandates regarding the safe and effective transportation of students who are homeless, in foster care, have disabilities and attend non-public schools. Our goal is to provide for the safe, efficient, economic transportation of all Great Neck school-aged children (public, private and parochial) under current and anticipated COVID-19 conditions for the opening of schools in September 2020. 

Topics

    1. Personal Protective Equipment
      1. School bus drivers and monitors must wear a face covering along with optional face shield. We will provide masks if the staff does not have one.
      2. Drivers and monitors who have direct physical contact with a student must wear gloves.
      3. Students are required to wear face coverings while boarding, riding, and exiting the bus. Students who do not have masks will be provided one by the District.
      4. Students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so nor will they be denied transportation.
      5. Parents are encouraged to put masks on elementary children before they board the school bus.
      6. Students and staff are encouraged to wash/sanitize hands before boarding the bus.
      7. School buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability.
      8. Signage about COVID-19 prevention will be posted on each school bus.
      9. Additional PPE equipment will be available, i.e. shield/isolation for sick students.

    1. Rider Health Screening
      1. Parents/guardians are required to ensure their child(ren) are not experiencing any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and do not have a fever of 100 degrees or more prior to boarding the bus.
      2. School bus drivers and monitors shall perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work.
      3. Monitors will ensure compliance with student personal protective equipment.
      4. Students unable to medically tolerate a mask will be socially distanced from other students.
      5. School bus drivers should not be expected to put masks on students.

    1. Rider Seating and Limits
      1. When students embark and disembark the bus, social distancing protocols are followed.
      2. Siblings or children who reside in the same households are encouraged to sit together; If possible, assign seats by cohort.
      3. If the District is in session remotely, pupil transportation must be provided to nonpublic, parochial, or private schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions.
      4. The District will reduce capacity on all public, private and special needs school bus routes.
      5. Loading and Unloading Process & Seating
        1. For elementary routes, the youngest students should be seated near the front of the bus (which is current practice).
        2. For secondary schools, students who board the bus first should be seated at the rear of the bus. The bus will be filled from the back to the front.
        3. Students at the front of the bus will come off the bus first, one seat at a time, for all levels.

    1. Communications
      1. The Office of Transportation will communicate with parents via ParentLink and mailings about procedures implemented to keep bus riders safe.
      2. No seats will be allocated for “courtesy passes” (students normally not eligible for school transportation based on distance of home to school).

    1. Cleaning and Sanitization
      1. Drivers are required to sanitize and wipe down high contact touch points after each AM and PM bus route.
      2. Cleaning crews will perform a more thorough task of disinfecting and sanitizing school buses.
      3. Bus cabin air filters and the HVAC filters will be replaced more frequently.
      4. School bus windows will be kept open as much as possible while bus is in operation.