Transportation Guidance

The school will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. Students and school staff must wear acceptable face coverings on school buses (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) and maintain appropriate social distancing at all times. All students who receive transportation from the public school district are encouraged to adhere to CDC and NYDOH. 

Students who are able will be required to wear masks and social distance on the bus; however, students whose physical or mental health would be impaired are not required to wear a face covering but must be appropriately socially distanced. Members of the same household may be seated within 6 feet of each other. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to drop off or walk students to school to reduce density on buses.

All buses that are used every day by the school and contract carriers will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact areas will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) run depending upon the disinfection schedule. 

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. 

Wheelchair school buses will configure wheelchair placement to ensure social distancing of 6 feet.

Whether school is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of the district whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions.

All students are entitled to transportation by the public school district to the extent required by law. Transportation departments do not have the ability or the right to deny transportation for children who are in foster care, homeless or attend private or charter schools. Parents who may have missed the due date to request out of district transportation due to a reasonable excuse may file a 310 appeal with the Commissioner of Education.

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics are required to perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at work. If personnel are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will notify their employer as per the reporting policies and seek medical attention. 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering along with an optional face shield. 

Transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Transportation departments/carriers will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages. 

Drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

St. Pius X will follow the guidelines established by each school district's transportation. The links for their reopening policies are attached here.

Families can obtain specific details and information in regards to transportation guidelines through their public schools district transportation department. St. Pius X will follow the guidelines established by each school district's transportation. The links for their reopening policies are attached here.

For more information about training protocol for students and staff and how transportation information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

Pursuant to Executive Order 202, Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Education Department hereby authorizes the use of and availability of hand sanitizer dispensers on school bus vehicles that fall under the inspection jurisdiction of New York State Department of Transportation. For the duration of Executive Order 202, no school bus vehicle presented for inspection to the New York State Department of Transportation, as required by Section 140 of NYS Transportation Law, shall be taken out of service due to the presence of a securely mounted hand sanitizer dispenser.
If a carrier installs a hand sanitizer dispenser, it must be located within the driver's compartment and secured in a manner which would preclude such a device from becoming a projectile in the event of a sudden stop or impact. The size of the hand sanitizer receptacle may not exceed 40 ounces and must be ethanol based per DOH guidelines. The dispenser must not block any aisles or points of egress and must not present any type of draw string hazard.
School bus vehicle owners/operators will be provided 30-days’ notice upon the expiration of the Executive Order in which to remove such hand sanitizer dispensers.
August 21, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as students in NYS get ready to go back to school, school districts will have the authority to install hand sanitizer dispensers on buses as well as allow students and district staff to have personal-size quantities while aboard the bus.
Installation of such dispensers will only be allowed in the area of the driver and must be secure to withstand any sudden stop or impact. The dispenser will not block any aisles and will not present any obstructions to passengers getting on and off the bus. The sanitizer will be ethanol-based, and the dispenser can be no larger than 40 ounces. Students and personnel on the bus will also be authorized to carry personal-size bottles of sanitizer, whose contents should not exceed 8 ounces in volume. These should be secured when not in use.