School bus safety protocols
Watch this video for importation information regarding the safety protocols in place for riding the bus for the 2020/2021 school year.
School bus update for the 2020/2021 school year
To our parents/guardians,
We recognize that you rely on us to provide safe bus transportation for your children to and from school. We take this responsibility seriously, and even more so during this unprecedented and challenging time for Lethbridge School Division families.
During this public-health crisis, we are following the direction of the Alberta Government, Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services and taking additional precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of our students and drivers when buses start running this fall.
There is no way to eliminate all risk, as physical distancing on a school bus is extremely difficult, so parents and students need to take extra precautions while riding and waiting for the bus. Lethbridge School Division and The City of Lethbridge are implementing the following health and safety protocols to limit COVID-19 transmission on our buses:
- Children/students should not board the bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Be sure to use the self-screening questionnaire each day prior to leaving for the bus.
- All students must wear a face mask prior to entering the school bus and must keep the mask on during the ride and at bus transfer sites.
- Bus drivers will have a very limited number of disposable masks to hand out if necessary.
- It is recommended parents or guardians monitor students with physical distancing and use of face masks while waiting for the bus.
- After the first few days of riding the bus, students will be assigned their seats. Where possible buses will be loaded back to front, and siblings will be seated together.
- All bus drivers will be cleaning the school bus after each bus run, both morning and afternoon, with an approved cleaning product as per Alberta Health Services guidelines.
- Drivers will also be wearing a mask and or face shield when loading and unloading the school bus. They may remove their mask when the bus is in motion for proper visibility.
- The drivers will do everything they can to ensure compliance and will encourage students to use their face masks and keep their hands to themselves. The driver’s first priority is on-the-road safety.
- Students who are not following the rules will be referred to the school principal and may lose the privilege of riding.
- Currently, we have a shortage of substitute bus drivers, and there may be times when a driver is ill, and the route cannot run. We will notify parents as early as possible. However, in some circumstance you may receive very short notice. Following Alberta Health Services direction, drivers may be absent for extended periods and routes may not be available.
- If, on the Parent Survey, your family answered that you will be transporting your student to school rather than taking the bus, and your student is eligible for transportation, please contact Cheryl Shimbashi if you change your mind. The Division will then assign you to a bus route. It can take up to two weeks to process your request.
If you have any questions about the re-entry plan for buses, please refer to the Lethbridge School Division 2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan, or contact our Transportation Department at 403-380-5303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School Bus Routes now posted on Southland website
The School Bus Routes maps for 2020/2021 can be found here: ROUTES
Those with questions or concerns in regard to school bus route or eligibility of your child, please contact Cheryl Shimbashi with Lethbridge School Division.