Yellow school buses will be ready to roll for Monday’s return to classes, with some new COVID-19 regulations, the Ottawa Student Transit Authority says.
The biggest new rule is that students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 will be required to wear cloth or medical masks on all vehicles, OSTA says. Masks are recommended, but not required for kindergarten kids.
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“Exceptions will be made for students who are unable to wear masks for medical reasons,” the agency says.
“If this is the case, please advise OSTA, the (vehicle) operator or the school.”
A neck warmer or scarf is not considered an appropriate face mask on board vehicles, OSTA says.
Also, drivers will be stopping at every stop on their routes to ensure no students are left behind.
“For secondary students attending cohorts, parents/guardians are encouraged to confirm their child(ren) s schedule to avoid confusion on online learning days,” OSTA says.
OSTA cautioned there may be delays and cancellations due to the short notice of school reopening.
Routes cancelled due to a driver shortage, or other reasons, will be posted on OSTA’s online Parent Portal. Parents are urged to check the delays and cancellation page daily for the most up-to-date information. Any long-term cancellations will be posted to OSTA’s long-term OCDSB and OCSB cancellations lists.
The service also reminded parents to assess their child’s health before sending them to the buses or dropping them off at school, using the Ottawa Public Health self-assessment tool.
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