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Scott County Schools prepare safety measures for bus riders

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 3:32 PM EDT
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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - School districts are busy preparing the inside of their classrooms for when students return, but the way students get to campus is another challenge.

The Scott County School District, which is back in session on August 26, plans on keeping all 80 of its routes.

They expect the majority of students who rode the bus before to ride it again. Scott County Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub said new guidelines are designed to protect the drivers and the riders.

The seat behind the driver will stay open, everyone must wear a mask on board, the buses will be loaded from the back to the front, seats are assigned and children from the same household are asked to sit together.

“Some of our buses have bus monitors already and in those cases the students’ temperatures will be checked, in other cases those students who don’t have bus monitors, their first temperature check is going to be upon entry to the school when they arrive,” Dr. Hub said.

Dr. Hub does admit there’s only so much students can do to spread out on a school bus.

“There’s no way for us to social distance on a school bus, and there’s no way for one child per seat on a bus with 80 routes and with 50 percent of our students coming back to school on buses in person, they’re still going to be incidents where children are seating two per seat for sure,” Dr. Hub said.

With the new guidelines, drivers will have more they need to keep an eye on. They’ll need to check over their shoulder to do a head count and make sure everyone is wearing their mask.

But, drivers are hoping they get to keep working. Dr. Hub said there are no plans to furlough or fire any drivers, but their role could change if school goes virtual down the road.

“Maybe they’ll continue to help with our summer feeding program, maybe they’re going to help call and check in on the health and wellness of students, some may want to volunteer for buildings and grounds work,” Dr. Hub said.

Dr. Hub said some bus routes will have fewer children and fewer stops when school starts back up again.

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