The Lakeland Central School District (LCSD) 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 at all times on school buses and should maintain appropriate social distancing to the extent practicable. Any student who does not have a mask will be provided one by the District.
The LCSD will ensure that students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so or denied transportation. Students within the same household may be seated within 6’ feet of each other but will be required to wear masks also.
The LCSD will ensure that all buses that it operates or contracts to transport will be disinfected each day and high contact spots will be cleaned and wiped down at the conclusion of each tier of its runs. Special cleaning teams will be assembled and trained to do this disinfecting of buses after the individual buses last run of the day.
The LCSD will ensure that appropriate signage is displayed both outside and inside the bus reminding students and staff that appropriate PPE must be worn at all times.
The LCSD will ensure that no school bus will be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the District. In addition no bus driver or monitor will be allowed to carry personal sanitizer with them on the bus.
If the District is in session remotely or otherwise pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, and charter schools. Transportation will also be provided to students whose IEP have placed them out of District whose schools are meeting in person models when our District is closed.
All LCSD transportation department staff (drivers, monitors, mechanics, and cleaners) will be trained and offered periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the rules of appropriate social distancing, and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
All LCSD students will also be trained in the proper use of PPE and social distancing as well as have periodic reminders.
All transportation department staff will be issued sufficient PPE to be able to perform their duties safely and efficiently.
Drivers and monitors who must have physical contact with students must wear gloves.
The LCSD will ensure that hand sanitizer will be provided for all staff members in their transportation locations. This is to include dispatch offices, administrative offices, garages, and employee lunch and break rooms.
The LCSD will ensure that all Transportation Dept. staff will perform a self assessment health check before arriving at work. Anyone who does not clear their self assessment check will not be allowed to work and will be directed to seek medical attention.
The transportation department will work closely with all building administrators to ensure for a safe and less congested dropoff and pickup point at each school.
The transportation director will contact local law enforcement jurisdictions and work with them and building administrators to prepare for expected spillover onto local streets both AM and PM. The transportation director will explore with larger building administrators the availability of multiple points of entry into these buildings.
Drivers will be instructed to, weather permitting, open windows, and hatches to increase ventilation.