TSC expands bus safety plan for school restart

Bus drivers will wear face shields and all students will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus to, and from school.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 6:20 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — As schools are starting back up, Coronavirus concerns surrounding area youth rage on.

School districts are finding ways to keep students safe in, and outside of the building. That includes the trip to school. 

"As we go forward, we will be having our (bus) drivers complete a lot of our cleaning tasks on the bus," said Tippecanoe School Corporation transportation director Greg Haltom. 

"Our drivers will be sanitizing between each route."

TSC bus drivers will clean their buses four times a day, spraying each seat with disinfectants and other cleaning products. These precautions are in place because social distancing between students, is not a logical option for one of the state's largest school districts.

"We're almost at 13,800 students," said Haltom. "So that's not really going to be something effective that we are going to be able to do in order to get those students to where they are going to be able to learn."

Drivers in the district will wear face shields, and all students will be required to wear a mask while on the bus. 

Haltom says it's all part of a team effort.

"We will get through this and we will build that future for the kids." 

Additional Bus Safety Information

Buses that housed a person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be deep cleaned and put in quarantine for 48 hours. 

Students must wear PPE in all non-social distancing settings. (On the bus) 

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