School transportation another factor in reopening plans

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The tasks include requiring children to wear masks, ensuring social distancing on buses, and sanitizing buses after each day.

"It's going to be challenging," Gary Woodcock of Ridge Road Express told WBEN. "All our drivers will be wearing masks. They will be wearing gloves for their use. They will be sanitizing the buses in between runs. The numbers of students on the buses will vary depending on the district and the number of runs we do will vary depending on how many kids we're bringing on at any one time."

Woodcock said schools need to work within the parameters of the bus. Normally, one of their buses can accommodate 66. Woodcock said they will hold, at most, 22. He believes they will be able to accommodate the numbers if students are attending school on an alternate basis.

"We're just going to have to keep track of which kids come in on which day," he said. "That's going to be challenging."

Still, Pontrello said each district has their own policy that their students will have to follow. She is optimistic that students will be able to return to school, especially because the Western New York region has far fewer cases than places like New York City.

Ultimately, the final decision on in-person learning will be made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is supposed to make a decision by the end of this week. He said Thursday that school reopening guidelines are irrelevant without input from parents and teachers.