White Plains SD gets ready for school by preparing its school buses

The White Plains school district is getting ready for the first day of school and that means preparing its school buses.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2020, 12:11 AM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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A new school year means some children will end up taking the bus to school, but the experience may be a lot different in the age of coronavirus.
The White Plains school district is getting ready for the first day of school and that means preparing its school buses.
Sergio Alfonso, the director of transportation, tells News 12 that masks will be required and they encourage parents to drive their children to school so they can reduce the number of people on each bus.
Last year, approximately 4,500 students rode the bus each day. The district is anticipating that number will be cut in half.
The director of transportation for the district says pre-coronavirus, up to 40 students would be on each bus. The goal for the fall is 12 students per bus.
There are social distancing markers on each seat to allow one student to sit in each row, with one seat empty behind them.
There are also cleaning measures.
"Buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Drivers will disinfect the highly used areas as part of the...pre and post trip, twice a day," says Alfonso.
To improve ventilation, they say the top hatches will be open.


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