COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR TRANSPORTATION (K-12)
Temperature Checks – Bus Riders – Grades K-5
All elementary students riding the school bus are to be escorted to the bus stop each morning by a parent/guardian or supervising adult. A bus monitor will check the student’s temperature prior to boarding the school bus. Students with a temperature below 100.4° Fahrenheit will be permitted to board the school bus; any student with a temperature at or above 100.4° Fahrenheit will be directed to return home with their parent/guardian or supervising adult. If a child does not have a parent/guardian or supervising adult present at the bus stop, the child will be socially distanced on the school bus and brought to an isolation room at their elementary school. If a child has two such instances of a fever and no parent/guardian or supervising adult at the morning bus stop, bus privileges may be revoked for the remainder of the semester.
Temperature Checks – Bus Riders – Grades 6-12
A bus monitor will check the student’s temperature prior to boarding the school bus. Students with a temperature below 100.4° Fahrenheit will be permitted to board the school bus; any student with a temperature at or above 100.4° Fahrenheit will remain at the bus stop and be picked up by a second “sweep” school bus. A student boarding the “sweep” bus will be required to wear a mask and will be transported to the Marietta City Schools central office (250 Howard Street). An MCS staff member will supervise the student and contact the family.
Face Coverings (Mask/Shield)
MCS requires that all students and staff wear a face covering (i.e. mask or shield) on the school bus. Students who do not have a face covering will be given a disposable mask to wear.
In an effort to increase ventilation on the bus, bus windows may be opened (weather permitting) while students are on the school bus.
To the greatest degree possible, students will be socially distanced and placed in assigned seats on the school bus.
School Bus Cleaning and Disinfecting
Between each bus route (elementary, middle, and high school), MCS staff will disinfect high-touch areas. Each night, the school bus will be fogged and disinfected.
Grace and Understanding
Given the increased responsibility to check students’ temperatures and, when possible, socially distance students on school buses, we kindly ask that families extend to us a degree of grace and understanding during the opening weeks of school. In the morning routes, it is possible that buses may be delayed in arriving to bus stops or schools as we navigate through the new protocols and increased car rider traffic. Families are encouraged to download the Marietta City Schools Traversa Ride 360 App to monitor the current location and arrival time of their assigned school bus (based on GPS tracking).