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Update on Home to School Transportation

Home to School Transportation

Space will be limited. 

Please note that based on strict social distancing requirements outlined by the CDPH, there is very limited home to school transportation available this school year. 

Our district covers approximately 723 square miles and as a service to our families, we traditionally provide home to school transportation for our students. Once in-person instruction resumes in the 2020-2021 school year, for safety mitigation measures due to COVID-19, we have to significantly reduce the number of students on each bus. This means that we are only able to provide home/school transportation for our highest-need students which include special education (as required by federal law), homeless, foster youth, and low-income students. 

Pre-COVID-19, we transported approximately 75% of our students. At that time, our busses could accommodate 84 per route and most routes were at capacity. While we will limit the number of riders in each route to 50 students, this does not achieve the recommended six-foot social distance from each rider. We are allowing up to two per seat so we can accommodate up to 52 kids per route. In order to ride our school bus, students and staff must wear face masks and family members must sit together. 

Please note that parents who elect to have students ride our buses do so at their own risk. The District will provide all required transportation for special education students who have transportation as part of their individualized education plan (IEP). Transportation will be provided based on the following conditions and protocols:

  • Priority seating will include neighborhoods for students with disabilities and for socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
  • Because of the close proximity of seating, students will be required to wear masks on district buses and in other district vehicles. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to each bus.
  • The bus windows will be partially lowered to increase air circulation. 
  • Family members must sit together. 

Physical distancing at on-campus loading zones is required and will be supervised by school staff. Physical distancing at all bus stops is also required.

Boarding & Disembarking

 

  • All students riding the school bus must wear a mask.

 

  • Students will load from the rear of the bus to the front of the bus and disembark from the front to the back of the bus. 
  • Per CDC and CDPH Guidelines, bus drivers will wear face coverings while driving, and when loading and unloading students or passengers.
  • Family members must sit together.
  • Should a student become ill during transit, they will be isolated in a dedicated seat across from the driver.

Disinfection & Cleaning of School Buses 

Our school buses will be cleaned and disinfected after every use. Our TTUSD Transportation team will use the approved cleaners to remove dirt and debris before using the approved disinfectant. The disinfectant will be used in accordance with the manufacturer's direction of use. 

All surfaces touched by anyone will be sanitized at the end of each route, and at the end of the shift. This includes but is not limited to the driver's compartment, all handrails, all seats, and seat backs, seat belts/buckles, harness, vest, buckle guards, windows that students occupied, wheelchair tie-downs, ramp, door handles, and Zpass scanner.