Here are the state’s full recommendations for school transportation this fall

Massachusetts officials released guidelines Wednesday night about how to safely transport children to and from school during the pandemic.

The guidelines include details about:

The logistics of riding school buses

  • All students — no matter the age — will be required to wear a mask.
  • Each student will have a bus bench to themselves for at least 3 feet of distance between students; students will be assigned bus seats. The guidelines include example diagrams of seating for various-sized buses.
  • Bus windows will be kept open at all times, except in “extreme weather conditions.”

School bus capacity

  • School buses will range from 31 to 43 percent capacity. For example, an 83-passenger bus will have a maximum of 27 passengers (33 percent capacity), and a 14-passenger bus will have a maximum of 6 passengers (43 percent capacity).
  • Schools may need to add buses to routes or stagger start and end times of
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Like everything else, state’s transportation system likely to suffer due to COVID-19

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If Mississippians aren’t driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

It is too early to see actual data, but it is highly likely that among the many negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the tragic loss of life, will be to Mississippi’s highways and bridges.

The primary source of revenue for Mississippi’s Department of Transportation is the state’s 18.4-cent per gallon tax on motor fuels, primarily gasoline.

With the state under a shelter-in-place order, it is logical to assume Mississippians are not driving as much. And if folks are not driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

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If people are not driving as much, it also could be logical to assume damage is not being done to the state’s infrastructure system.

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