Transportation using school vehicles and COVID 19

Recently the Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Education, released new guidance surrounding transportation on school district vehicles which includes the following:

“If the bus ride is longer than 30 minutes, all people (students and driver) on the bus, even those greater than 6 feet from the positive case, would be considered a close contact.”

This means if your child rides the bus/van for 30 or more minutes with another student who tests positive, there will be an automatic quarantine of 14 days for all riders. The only way to completely avoid this possibility would be for your child to not ride the bus or van, which I understand may not be possible. I wanted to make sure everyone understands this new language so you are informed of the newest guidance.