Alberta bus company releases back-to-school plans

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Drivers will be responsible for daily personal symptom screening.

Students will be loaded on the bus starting from the back with the exception of kindergarteners who will be allowed to sit in the front. Unloading will be done in reverse, the company says.

Both of Edmonton’s major school boards released reopening plans earlier this summer. Those plans have expectations for bus companies —including assigned seats — that students be seated in a way that limits close contact when possible, and that members of the same household sit together.

Parents with Edmonton Public had until Friday to decide whether they were sending their kids back to in-person classes. Edmonton Catholic has given parents until Aug. 28 to decide.

Ed Flavin, a spokesperson for Stock Transportation, another bus company used by both Edmonton boards, said the company is working closely with the boards on its plans for September. He expects to be able to provide more information this week. 

The public schools’ plan requires that Grades 4-12 students wear masks and younger students are “encouraged” to do so.

According to the Catholic schools’ transportation procedures, masks are mandatory for all students (K to Grade 12) on yellow buses with the exception of pre-kindergarten and 100 Voices students 

Southland drivers will be wearing masks. They will also have a face shield on when loading and unloading the buses. Drivers are also being given gloves and hand sanitizer.

Both boards are requiring drivers to do extra cleaning. Southland says buseswill be disinfected twice a day and cleaning will be tracked in a log.

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