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OSPI Q&A for Bussing
Health Protections on School Buses
Are face coverings required on buses?
Yes. Like classrooms and common spaces in school buildings, students, drivers and aides must wear face coverings while on the bus.
If students are wearing face coverings on buses, can the bus be at normal capacity?
Yes. Unlike classroom time, which can be in excess of six hours a day in some schedules, bus rides are typically short in duration and are often essential for students to access their basic education. However, multiple additional health mitigation strategies such as health screening, face coverings, hand hygiene, frequent cleaning, and maximum air circulation are necessary when riders cannot follow the six-foot social distancing rule on buses.
What about bus routes where some students are riding for longer durations?
Buses can be occupied at normal capacity, but districts should have clear protocols for students to maximize physical distance on the bus for as long as possible until it is necessary to fill in the last of any available seats.
Eatonville School District is located in the foothills just south of Mt. Rainier. We are located at 410 Center Street E. The Transportation Department has been at this location since 2014. Our fleet consists of 38 buses and several support vehicles. Our district covers 460 square miles from 304th St. to the Yakima County Border. We not only enjoy being a part of a team in providing a top rated education, but we pride ourselves on being the driving force behind our student's education.
PRE-K TO 2ND GRADE
Understanding how to be safe on and around the school bus is serious business, but Hoppy & Pengie make learning fun. Watch this important video together...we bet even "big people" will learn something new.