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Board meeting held regarding West Canada Valley reopening plans

A big topic brought up in the West Canada Valley Central School District's special meeting Thursday evening was school bus transportation.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 11:00 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 12:17 PM

NEWPORT N.Y.-West Canada Valley Central Schools held a special board meeting Thursday night regarding their re-opening plans.

Topics discussed included the health and safety of students and faculty, and any one of the big focuses was how to get students to school safely.

West Canada Valley's largest buses hold 22 seats. Situations where up to 28 students will be allowed on a bus will only be allowed if siblings can sit together.  With that said, around 22-28 students would be transported to school on the large buses.

New York State guidelines require students to be six feet apart on buses, which of course limits capacity.

Some students however, may not ride the bus, and get dropped off at school by parents.

Depending on how many students will be riding the bus will determine the routing of where buses will be assigned in the district.

All students who ride the bus, and all bus drivers will be required to wear masks.

In the event a positive case of COVID-19 occurs on a West Canada Valley school bus, it could be a major factor.

“It could be everybody on that bus is in portion of getting traced, it could be a classroom issue where they’ll trace it back to the bus that they rode in on, so the buses and the protocols in that are in place, there’s clear guidance on that.” said DJ. Shepardson, Superintendent of schools for West Canada Valley CSD.

In the event a positive case is discovered, West Canada Valley may have to take a school bus off the road to get the bus cleared (cleaned) and eventually get that bus back on the road.

The full special board meeting from Thursday night for West Canada Valley CSD can be found here.

Public Questions can be sent to Superintendent Shepardson by email at djshepardson@westcanada.org.

Shepardson can also be reached by phone at (315)845-6800.

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