The Ministry of Education guidelines encourage active transportation or private (parent/guardian/caregiver) provided transportation where possible so as to ease pressure on transportation demands and to focus available transportation capacity on those students that would otherwise not be able to attend school without it. This also helps to maintain physical distancing between students on buses by reducing bus capacity.
Work continues through Hamilton-Wentworth Student Transportation Services to establish protocols in line with Transport Canada’s Federal Guidance for School Bus Operations. This includes:
- face coverings (masks) for drivers (and potentially riders)
- adherence to physical distancing measures (where possible)
- reminders of hand-hygiene and respiratory etiquette and enhanced cleaning.
The same screening practices and outbreak protocol described under Enhanced Public Health Measures will apply for students and school bus operators will be expected to implement similar steps for drivers.
Routes are being planned based on existing school start/end times for all eligible riders based on HWDSB policy. At this time, courtesy transportation may proceed as outlined in HWDSB policy and procedures however, public health circumstances and operational demands may require that this offering be revisited.