Good Question: What are the rules for school buses?

Brennan Somers
Updated: July 22, 2020 04:42 AM
Created: July 22, 2020 04:25 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Our Good Question is about school buses and bus drivers.

A viewer named Maria asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: My husband is a school bus driver and has not received any update about what school buses will look like when school starts. There has been much speculation but no actual contact from the school bus companies. No mention of any protections for the drivers-only for the students is found online. Could you help us find out?

Yes, we can. Here's the baseline from the state.

Everyone has to wear a mask on the bus (unless there's a medical exemption). You also have to spread out unless your child is sitting with a brother, sister, or cousin who lives at your house.

Bus companies can install sneeze guards by the driver, or in between kids' seats to protect them and bump up capacity.

All buses have to be cleaned at least once a day.

All drivers and workers must do self-screenings before getting on the bus. Any staff with direct contact with kids on buses has to wear gloves too. Transportation departments have to give you things like masks and gloves if you work on a bus.

One thing not allowed on school buses? Hand sanitizer.

State guidelines state:

“School buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district. School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses.”

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