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2021-22 COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures Related to Student Transportation

Update: March 11, 2022

On March 9, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) announced that the majority of COVID-19 public health and safety measures will be lifted in response to the evolving health environment in Ontario. The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) will continue to follow all Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education (MOE), and local public health unit guidelines related to student transportation.

 

Following the updated direction from the Ministry of Education, the following is a summary of the health and safety measures related to student transportation that will remain in place:

Self-Screening

All transported students must self-screen every day before going to the bus stop in the morning.

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

Students are encouraged to follow proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Enhanced Cleaning

School vehicles will follow an enhanced cleaning protocol of disinfecting high-touch surfaces (for example handrails, seatbacks) twice daily.

 

Following the updated direction from the Ministry of Education, the following is a summary of the health and safety measures related to student transportation that will be lifted effective March 21, 2022:

Masking & Driver Personal Protective Equipment

Masks will no longer be required for students and school vehicle drivers on student transportation. Eye protection for school vehicle drivers will also no longer be required.

SCSTC contracted school vehicles will continue to be mask-friendly environments. Masks will remain available to students and school vehicle drivers who choose to continue to wear them while on school vehicles.

Assigned Seats

Assigned seats and cohorting will no longer be required on student transportation.

For up-to-date protocols and guidelines for busing in Simcoe County, please monitor the main page of the SCSTC’s website or visit the websites of the SCDSB or SMCDSB.