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
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/
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 current plan to reopen Kansas, social distancing would apply. Social Distancing and School Vehicles Document (revised May 19, 2020)
BUS MODIFICATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
The installation of any type of barrier around the driver would be considered a modification of the bus and prohibited by law. The same would apply to mounted hand sanitizers.
Due to COVID-19 and Governor Kelly closing school buildings for the duration of this school year, we have been receiving questions regarding activity bus and school bus driver requirements. Printable Document
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 #20-12 due to COVID-19, the following apply to Kansas Driver’s Licenses, including CDL’s:
The Division of Vehicles shall extend the terms of drivers' licenses and identification cards for all Kansas residents with State driver's licenses that expired beginning on March 12, 2020, 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 renewals and vehicle registrations extended by this Executive Order must be completed within 60 days of the expiration of this order.
Follow this link for Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order #20-12 https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO-20-12-Executed.pdf
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 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.
In lieu of the mandated ten safety meetings, eight 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
Our DVD library will be suspended temporarily during the COVID-19 period. If you currently have any DVD’s please return them. Remember we have 10 streaming safety videos still available. 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.
Please do not call and leave voice mails. During the COVID-19 period we will only be available via email.
School Bus Safety Director
School Bus Safety Assistant Director
School Bus Training Coordinator
Senior Administrative Assistant
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