COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina schools will be taking a number of steps to keep children safe as they return to school amid concerns about COVID-19. S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) officials say those precautions start in the morning and end in the afternoon when students ride the bus to and from school. Here's a look at what you can expect on school buses as your children return to school.
The S.C. Department of Education is requiring all South Carolina public school buses to be disinfected after each ride. Additionally, buses must operate at 50% capacity or lower, and both students and drivers must wear masks on the buses.
Some school districts that are offering in-person instruction at the start of the school year say they are taking additional measures.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) says they are waiting on final survey results from parents to see if they’ll need to double up on bus routes, but it won’t be likely. District officials say students will have their temperatures checked by bus assistants when loading the buses each morning.
“We will have isolation seats - the first row of seats – so that if there is a student, when we check his or her temperature, that has a fever and there’s no one at home, we would put the child in an isolation seat, and then as soon as they got to school they’d report to an isolation room and then we’d work to contact family.”
Lexington School District Two officials say they'll release final transportation plans once they get final numbers on how many students will attend school in person. The district, however, is encouraging parents to drive their kids to school if they can.
Lexington School District Three says they are asking parents to fill out a Transportation Request Form by August 6. All students will have an assigned seat on the bus, and buses will operate at 46% capacity, with one person per seat. Students from the same household may sit together.
Lexington-Richland School District Five says they will operate buses at 47% capacity and disinfect high-use areas between routes.