Schools buses will be prepared to transport students to and from school when in-person learning begins sometime this fall.
Upon boarding the bus each morning, drivers will spray the hands of students with hand sanitizer and take their temperature.
Bus drivers will be issued a bag Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) cleaning supplies for the bus daily which they will keep with them throughout the day. They will return the bag when they return to assigned places in case they have to switch buses for any reason.
The bags will contain Clorox wipes, Clorox disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer.
"We are waiting to get two backpacks for sprayers," said Director of Transportation Suzanne Ramirez. "We will spray the buses every day as they back from the routes with the portable backpacks."
Drivers will wear masks and anti-fog safety goggle glasses. We have already trained the drivers on how to spray and how to wipe. We bought the spray sanitizer and many gallons of refills. Drivers will undergo training Sept. 1-7 on how to spray sanitize the buses.
Similar protective measures will be enforced at each campus when students arrive by school bus or other transportation.
At the campus level, district nurses have received training on cleaning and disinfecting procedures that will be followed at each classroom at each campus.
In collaboration with the Governor’s Strike Force and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, PPE was procured to help school systems reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. This PPE is being distributed to schools as a resource.
For school districts around Texas, the TEA procured masks, sets of gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer, and face shields. Los Fresnos CISD will be receiving its share which included:
- Disposable masks: 96,776 – adult size 67,743, student size 29,032
- Reusable masks: 24,194 – adult size 17,472, student size 6,721
- Gloves: 48,858 pairs
- Thermometers: 80
- Hand sanitizer (in gallons): 1,139
- Adult face shields: 1,437
Most of the PPE has been received by the district and is being distributed to campuses for use by students and school staff.
Classes begin Sept. 8 through at-home instruction for the first four weeks. Parents and guardians have the option of at-home or on-campus instruction starting Oct. 5 for the next four weeks.