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2020-21 School Year Transportation Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Transportation sign up this year has been based on the survey information responses received.

If you have not completed the survey and need bus transportation for your student(s) you will need to call the Transportation Office at 520-749-9640. When you call please provide the student’s school, student’s name, stop you are requesting, riding AM and/or PM and instructions for release of student off the bus if needed.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Transportation at 520-749-9640.

FAQs for Hybrid Learning Transportation

Will my student be required to wear a mask on the bus?

All students and adults on buses will be required to wear a face covering. In the event a student does not have one, a face covering will be provided.

Do I need to screen my student before boarding the bus?

Yes, please follow the screening guidelines as outlined in the school newsletters:

 

Parents should screen their children each morning before coming to school or boarding the bus.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please do not bring/send your child to school:

Fever of 100.4 or greater

Chills

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

 

Where can I find the most up to date COVID response information? 

Please see all of the latest district information on the Return to Learning page on the TVUSD Website.

 

 

What do I do if my student is sick?

Parents should follow the home health screening checklist each morning before sending their child to school, report symptoms to the school, and keep students at home if any symptoms are present. 

What do I do if my student is unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition?

Please speak to your school’s administration. In such instances, students may choose the distance learning option. 

Will the bus drivers be wearing face coverings/gloves?

All bus staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include a clear face shield, a face covering, and/or gloves.

Will windows be open for ventilation?

Yes, some windows will be opened to provide extra ventilation. Students should not open windows themselves.         

Will there be hand sanitizer on the bus?

No, hand sanitizer will not be provided on the school bus, but students boarding the bus are allowed to bring their own.

What cleaning/sanitizing procedures are in place to make sure students are safe?

Bus driving staff will be cleaning and sanitizing their buses at least twice a day which will include wiping down high touch areas, spraying the entire bus with a sanitizer, sweeping bus floors, and emptying the garbage.

Will there be social distancing on the bus?

To the extent possible, social distancing on a bus will be practiced with one student per seat and two per row. When this is not possible, there will be no more than two students in a seat with the center area left vacant. Siblings or members of the same household may be required to share a seat.

Will students’ temperatures be taken on the bus?

Student temperatures will not be taken on the bus. 

Will there be social distancing at the bus stop?

Students waiting for buses should remain inside parents’ vehicles at the stop until the school bus arrives. Parents should instruct their students to physically separate themselves and remain six feet apart unless they are siblings who live together. Students are required to wear face coverings at the bus stop. There will be no adult supervision at bus stops.

What are the guidelines for students boarding the bus?

Students will board the bus in a slow, orderly fashion remaining six feet apart. The driver will signal to the student when it is safe to board the bus. The bus will be loaded back to front. This means students will board, take a seat as far back as possible and then sit in the seat closest to the window. Each student will have his/her own seat. Students and/or siblings who live together may be required to share a seat. 

 

What is the procedure if a student that rode the bus, tests positive for COVID-19?

The bus that transported that sick student will be removed from service for 24 hours to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  

If my student gets a temperature at school, will he/she be able to ride the bus home?

A parent or emergency contact will be immediately notified to pick up the student.  The student will not be permitted to ride the bus home. 




Transportation Department Information

Row of school buses

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome Back for the 2020-21 School Year! 
 
 
We are looking forward to providing an excellent school transportation option for your child for the upcoming school year!  
 
We know that your child's school day begins when they step on the bus and receive a personal greeting from their school bus driver. We also know how important a great start is, and we pride ourselves in giving your child a great start and end to every school day. 
 
Our Transportation Staff includes a team of outstanding school bus drivers. They are qualified professionals who hold commercial drivers licenses with school bus certifications. They pass regular physicals and random testing, as required by the Arizona Dept. of Transportation, and they receive regular specialized training in the safe operation of a school bus. We conduct twice-daily bus inspections and the fleet receives maintenance and service on a regular, scheduled service rotation. Our Transportation Maintenance Department includes two highly experienced diesel mechanics and a mechanic's assistant, who are proud of the district's excellent inspection and safety record.
 
Please help us support your child's safe school bus experience by discussing with them the importance of following the school bus safety rules (please see below).
 
Does your child need a note to ride home with a friend? Yes! Bus riders who are requesting to get off the bus at an alternate stop (for example, a student going home with a friend) must present their signed note to the classroom teacher or office manager for verification prior to boarding the bus. 
 
If you need to arrange for regular, ongoing alternate transportation, for example for a two-household family, a caretaker or a grandparent, we can help you. Please contact us in advance so we can be sure we have the necessary information on file, and we will alert your child's bus driver(s) to those changes.
 
Open Enrollment Bus Riders 

Open enrollment students who are requesting district transportation to and from Udall Park must complete the required release of liability form located below the bus route links.
 
If information is needed regarding the 2020-21 schedule(s), please call Transportation at
749-9640, Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

Bus Rider's Rules of Good Conduct

Bus Image of Rider's Rules of Good Conduct

Waiting for and Leaving the Bus

         Please form a line at a safe distance from the curb or highway while waiting for the bus.

  Use the handrail and each bus step when entering or leaving the bus.
  
  Always walk in front of the bus when crossing the street or highway and look both ways before crossing. 
 

 

Bus Courtesy 

  Quietly taking your seat helps everyone on the bus. Older students are asked to assist younger pupils.

      Talking with your friends in a normal voice is acceptable bus behavior. Please address the bus driver only in case of an emergency.

 Windows will be opened and closed upon the request of the bus driver.

      Keep head and arms inside the bus and fee on the floor.

 Drinks in paper containers and classroom treats may be permitted on the bus with the permission of the bus driver.
 
 Children must arrange for private transportation when carrying pets and animals to and from school.

      Each student will assist the driver by placing litter in a place designated by the driver.

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