How to Keep Students Safe on School Buses Amid COVID-19

With schools reopening in many locations, many are wondering how students will be transported safely to class.

More than 26 million children across the country rely on school buses to get them to class, so many districts are implementing new health and social distancing guidelines to keep riders and drivers safe, reported “Good Morning America.”

In Kentucky, Casey County Schools is mandating all students and drivers to wear masks and asking parents to take their kid’s temperature before getting on the bus. In addition to having everyone use hand sanitizer upon boarding, each bus will be disinfected after the students get off, the outlet noted.

Making sure air circulates throughout the bus is considered a crucial step to help curtail the possible transmission of coronavirus.

"The main problem with a bus is that you don't have a lot of circulation," Dr. Mary Beth Sexton with Emory University School of Medicine told GMA."There's nothing that happens naturally unless you're in a position where you can open the windows."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face coverings and “seating children one student per row facing forward and skipping rows between students.”

In addition, they suggest reducing bus capacity, staggering pick up and drop offs and adding bus routes.

Some schools are also advising parents to consider not using the bus at all and instead personally drive them to class.

"If they have the ability to transport their children to school, we'd ask them to do so," Chris Piper, superintendent of Troy City Schools in Ohio, told the morning news show.

But what works for one school may not be appropriate or feasible in another.

"It's not a one-size-fits-all approach," said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News.

"It will have to depend on what's going on in that area, what's going on in that region, what kind of transmission we're seeing and the individual health and risk factors of those students and the people at those students' homes."

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