#schoolsafety | Hope schools use disinfectant fogging in buses for rider safety


Hope Public Schools buses roll into the district’s transportation facility for daily fogging to protect against COVID-19. Each bus in the 23-unit fleet is treated after both morning and afternoon routes. (Photo by Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools)
HOPE, Ark. — The public school district here has deployed a program of twice-daily disinfectant fogging of all 23 buses in its fleet in a continuing effort to keep students safe.

Hope Public Schools’ Transportation/Facilities Director Maurice Henry said parents can be confident in the safety measures being taken by the district during the COVID-19 health crisis.

He said electrically powered hand foggers are used to disinfect each bus in the fleet every morning after the first bus run of the day and again each afternoon when parking buses for the night.



Hope Public Schools buses roll into the district’s transportation facility for daily fogging to protect against COVID-19. Each bus in the 23-unit fleet is treated after both morning and afternoon routes. (Photo by Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools)

Additionally, Henry said students have been good about wearing face masks and social distancing on the bus and at bus stops.

“They have abided by the rules,” he said.

Protocol this year includes:

— At bus stop, social distance of 6 feet apart with each rider wearing a face cover.

— At bus door, use hand sanitizer provided before boarding.

Bus drivers are assigning seats, and the seating chart will be followed all year. Any new riders will be assigned seats as “practical and feasible.”

While riding the bus, riders must wear face coverings at all times, keep hands to themselves, stay in assigned seats and practice
social distancing.

When a bus arrives at school, it is unloaded one seat at a time from the front, with mask wearing and social distancing still in place.

 

(Additional guidance is available on the district website at hpsdistrict.org online under the COVID-19 tab at the top of the page.)


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