NPSSTS Releases Busing Plan
The Nipissing Parry Sound School Transportation Services has released its busing plan for back to school. The organization which co-ordinates transportation for the Near North District School Board has been working on the plan since March and says this school year will not likely resemble anything like they have seen before.
For students taking a bus to school, the need to allow for 2 meters in all directions would seriously diminish the number of passengers permitted under these guidelines to the degree of making transportation to school on time near impossible. Therefore, the use of masks by riders is critical in order to mitigate risks to fellow riders and the driver. As part of their planning, the Ministry of Education has included the procurement of cloth masks for students, with direction to boards to ensure that students who cannot afford a mask are provided one.
The transportation authority says that physical distancing at the pickup point is the responsibility of the student and parents and should be reinforced in the weeks prior to the first day of school. Busses will be cleaned at least twice a day according to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
Parents who opt to drive their children to school should drop off their child a block away from the school to avoid congestion in school zones.
For the full plan, follow the link: http://www.npssts.ca/npssts/images/NPSSTS%20Student%20Transportation%20Plan%20September%202020.pdf