Getting to and from school is going to look different this school year. To comply with health and safety guidelines and to minimize the risk of spread, school bus capacity will be reduced, and new screening procedures will be in place. Below is a summary of what to expect getting to and from school this school year.
School Bus Transportation
- Screenings: Prior to getting on a school bus, all students will first be screened by a bus monitor using a thumbs-up/thumbs-down system. Monitors will ask students to provide a thumbs-up if they have no symptoms, or a thumbs-down if they are experiencing symptoms.
- Face Masks: Students are required to wear face masks at all times while getting onto, riding in, and getting off their school bus.
- Limited Capacity: In all scenarios, capacity will be reduced by 50%.
- School Bus Cleaning: All school buses will be cleaned and sanitized following Rhode Island Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines.
Drop Offs and Walking To School Options
- Families may opt-out of busing and instead either drop their children off at school or allow them to walk to their school. We are also working to expand “Walking School Bus” programs.
- Screenings Upon Arrival: All students dropped off or walking to school will be screened daily at school checkpoints using a thumbs-up no symptoms / thumbs-down experiencing symptoms system.
- Due to reduced school bus capacity, there will be more runs to and from schools at the start and end of each school day. As a result, we are adjusting bell times from two general times to three.
- Bell times are available online at providenceschools.org/schools.