At the end of July 2020, DESE provided transportation guidance outlining considerations for districts in the development of a transportation plan that meets safety requirements for all students traveling by bus or van. Specifically, the guidance directed districts to ensure all students and drivers will wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. The guidance also outlined distancing requirements at one student per seat (about 30% capacity) except for members of the same family; and suggested districts pursue alternative options such as parent transportation, Safe Routes to School programs, and biking. Andover has applied for the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program, which will allow us to expand our safe walking routes, purchase additional signage, and install bike racks at a number of schools.
During the 2020-2021 school year, Andover will transport students in grades K through 6, students with transportation on their IEPs, and students with special circumstances. Andover will also maintain a 1.5 mile radius as most of these routes are safety-driven.
With the reduction in ridership from limiting transportation to the lower grades and opening with a hybrid learning model, there will be minimal disruption to arrival times and time on learning for Andover students.
APS will follow DESE guidelines as follows:
All adults and students will wear a mask at all times
No air recirculation for any reason
All buses will be wiped down between runs
Windows will be kept open
Students will be seated one to a bench on opposite sides for each row, at a minimum of three feet
Siblings/children from the same household may sit together
Students will be assigned a seat and buses will be loaded back-to-front