Local student transportation group working on routes and seating charts ahead of back-to-school in the fall

Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium to survey parents in the coming days

The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) wants your take on getting back to school.

The region’s school bus oversight organization will be surveying parents as it prepares to bring students to school in the fall. The survey will help the SCSTC plan for the fall, as it works to create seating charts and route maps before September. “The SCSTC will work with families and schools to generate seating plans to support contact tracing,” said Doug Paul the public school board’s Superintendent of Education overseeing transportation. “As we learn more about the number of students wishing to access transportation and finalizing routes, we will communicate with families.”

Meanwhile, the SCSTC is following provincial guidelines in preparing for back-to-school; Bus drivers will be provided with face masks and shields. Masks can be worn by the driver at all times, while the face shield is expected to be worn as students get on and off the bus.

Buses will continue to serve multiple schools over the course of the day, but will be sanitized top-to-bottom twice daily; once in the morning, once in the evening. Bus drivers will be responsible for the enhanced cleaning of vehicles and will receive training before the school year starts.