State education officials on Wednesday released a set of bus transportation guidance for local officials to use as they put together fall school plans.
The “core health and safety practices” in the document sent by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to superintendents and local school officials includes a requirement all students and staff wear a mask at all times, with exceptions allowed for students with medical or behavioral issues.
Seating will be limited to one student per bench seat, with children from the same household allowed to sit together.
Windows will be required to be open at all times — except for in cases of extreme weather.
Acknowledging the difficulties created by changes, the department suggests local officials consider “strategies such as adding bus routes, staggering schedules, and pursuing a waiver for student learning time requirements if needed.”
DESE also directs districts to make an estimate