Safe Transportation of Students

Normal, pre-pandemic transportation routes and capacity will resume when MCPS schools open in the fall. Families have been notified of the bus routes for their assigned school.

While on school buses, all students are required to wear appropriate face coverings. Students with special needs who are unable to always wear a face covering will be appropriately accommodated on an individual, case-by-case basis. Bus drivers will clean and disinfect buses daily. Weather permitting, bus drivers will keep the windows open to increase air circulation and decrease the likelihood that the virus is transmitted during transport. Additionally, all MCPS school buses are equipped with interior video cameras. Footage from these cameras is being used when needed to identify seating locations for contact tracing purposes.

During daily pre-trip safety inspection of buses, bus drivers and bus attendants will ensure COVID-19 safety supplies, such as extra masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning/disinfecting supplies, are available. Bus drivers and bus attendants continue to be trained on the latest COVID-19 safety protocols during in-service training, two-way radio announcements, newsletters and direct interaction with supervisors.

Schools, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Police in some cases, are enhancing on-site and immediately off-site traffic plans to accommodate increased drop-off and pick-up traffic to facilitate the option of parents driving students to and from school. The Montgomery County Safe Routes to School Program is encouraging the formation of Walking School Buses to offer families another option for getting students to and from school.