In addition to the approximately 220,000 students, Kansas school buses also transport a countless number of germs every day. Students and drivers can contaminate an area as soon as they touch it. Handrails, seat backs, seat cushions and windows are all common touch areas. The COVID-19 situation has brought and an increased awareness to cleaning and disinfecting school vehicles. This document contains information to assist you with cleaning your activity and school buses along with your school passenger vehicles. All school vehicles should be considered an extension of the classroom with the same expectation of cleanliness.
Cleaning Information Document
Kansas' Guide To Learning and School Safety Operations
GOVERNOR KELLY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-52 REQUIRING FACE MASKS/FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC
Effective July 3, 2020. Local governments retain authority to issue and enforce equally or more restrictive orders or provisions.
GOVERNOR KELLY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-59 REQUIRING COVID-19 MITIGATION PROCEDURES IN K-12 SCHOOLS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-59
FACE MASKS WHILE DRIVING SCHOOL BUS
The Governor’s Executive Order 20-59 applies to “public or private K-12 school attendance centers.” It does not appear to include buses. In addition, there is an exception to the mask requirement, “While engaged in an activity during which it is unsafe or impossible to wear a mask or other face covering.” We believe the exception of "engaged in an activity during which it is unsafe” would apply to a school bus driver while actually physically driving the bus. This does not include the time when the bus is parked or not moving due to loading or unloading students, during these times the bus driver should be wearing a mask. If an extra measure of safety is desired, the first two rows of seats in the bus may be kept empty of passengers to provide some distancing from the driver.
Hand sanitizer is allowed on the bus, however you cannot have a mounted hand sanitizer. Pumps and spray bottles containing hand sanitizer are allowed and can be used when students enter and exit the bus. These items shall be stored and secured anytime the bus is in motion.
TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
CDC has created recommendations to help adults have conversatins with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
PRINT RESOURCES DEVELOPED BY CDC TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS
What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others
Important Information About Your Cloth Face Coverings
COVID-19: Quarantine vs. Isolation
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Considerations for Schools (updated May 19, 2020)
AD ASTRA: A PLAN TO REOPEN KANSAS
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's plan to reopen Kansas
Plan At A Glance (updated 5/20/2020) for more information visit https://covid.ks.gov/
NOTE: As of May 26, 2020, Kansas Counties are in charge of their COVID-19 restrictions after Governor Laura Kelly vetoed House Bill 2054. Please check with your local county health department for specific guidance.
Per the CDC - Any temperature 100.4 F or greater is considered a fever.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SCHOOL VEHICLES
In the event a school vehicle is used to transport students while in Phase I or Phase II of Gov. Laura Kelly’s AD ASTRA plan to reopen Kansas, social distancing would apply. Social Distancing and School Vehicles Document (revised May 19, 2020)
BUS MODIFICATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
Any modification of the bus is prohibited under Kansas law. This includes but is not limited to: the installation of any type of barrier around the driver, mounted hand sanitizers, curtains and air filtering systems.
STARTS TASK FORCE
STARTS (Student Transportation Aligned for Return to School) Task Force, is a collaboration among the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation (NASDPTS), and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) to research, review, and report on matters relating to COVID-19 and student transportation. The task force has developed resources that have been specifically created to enable school transportation professionals to accelerate their individual planning efforts in support of their local school reopening plans. https://www.napt.org/starts
We are receiving a number of questions regarding Annual Inspections. The law is very specific that the annual inspections be done between June 1st and September 30th. However, there are no issues with starting the inspection process prior to June 1st. Remember you cannot complete the inspection until June 1st or later.
Remember the inspection forms cannot be dated prior to June 1.
Forms are the same as last year.
Pre-trip inspections are required on school and activity buses when being used to deliver food or other purposes during COVID-19. Pre-trip inspections on school passenger passenger are not required unless transporting students.
DRIVER’S LICENSE AND CDL EXPIRATIONS
Under Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order #20-55 due to COVID-19, all driver's license renewals including CDL's and CLP's are extended by this Executive Order.
The Division of Vehicles shall extend the terms of drivers' licenses and identification cards for all Kansas residents with State driver's licenses and identification cards that expired or will expire on March 12, 2020, through January 26, 2021, and who are not able to renew at a State driver's license examination office due to the State's COVID-19 response.
All driver's license and identification card renewals extended by this Executive Order must be completed by January 26, 2021, or normal late fees will be assessed.
Follow this link for Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order #20-64 https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/EO-20-66-Final.pdf
Mandated 14 day waiting period for CDL skills testing has been waived by FMCSA due to COVID-19
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTS
CDL drug and alcohol testing is still in effect along with the requirement to do your annual partial queries. FMCSA does have some guidance but nothing which waives this requirement entirely due to COVID 19. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/fmcsa-covid-19-drug-alcohol-testing-guidance
The requirement for the school year 2019-2020 second semester school bus evacuation drills will be waived.
The First Aid/CPR certification may lapse during the COVID-19 period when a driver is not driving. These drivers must have a valid First Aid/CPR certificate on file within 30 days when they resume driving an activity bus or school bus. Remember NO on-line courses are accepted for this requirement.
ACCIDENT PREVENTION COURSE/DEFENSIVE DRIVING
The defensive driving certification may lapse during the COVID-19 period when a driver is not driving. These drivers must have a valid accident prevention course/defensive driving certificate on file within 30 days when they resume driving an activity bus or school bus. Remember NO on-line courses are accepted for this requirement.
SAFETY MEETINGS FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
In lieu of the mandated ten safety meetings, seven (changed from 8 to 7 June 16, 2020) safety meetings will be required for the 2019-2020 school year safety review. Remember we have 10 streaming safety videos which can be used. https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/School-Bus-Safety-Training
PHYSICALS FOR MEDICAL SELF-CERTIFICATION CATEGORY 1 DRIVERS
For CDL holders who have declared category 1 on their Medical Self-Certification, FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), due to COVID-19, has issued a waiver regarding maintaining their physical on file with the state provided they have proof of a valid medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
This same waiver contains other items related to CDL and CLP’s.
Follow this link for more information and the complete waiver from FMCSA
PHYSICALS FOR MEDICAL SELF-CERTIFICATION CATEGORY 2 DRIVERS
As per our email March 18, 2020, for drivers who have declared a category 2 or 4 on their medical self-certification, the physical may lapse during the COVID-19 period when a driver is not driving.
PHYSICAL REMINDER AND CAUTION FOR ALL DRIVERS
Even though FMCSA has issued a waiver regarding physical requirements for drivers who had a valid physical on March 1, 2020 but cannot renew it during the COVID-19 period, our recommendation is to be extremely cautious about putting a driver behind the wheel of any school vehicle who is required and does not have a valid current DOT physical per KAR 91-38-6.
Please check our Upcoming Events web page which will be updated frequently for current information on our available trainings.
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