Madison Schools was recently featured in The News-Herald for coming up with a new way to sanitize our school buses! When approaching this school year, it was clear the bus disinfecting system would need to be revised -- COVID has changed so many routines and traditions in the effort to ensure the safety of our students, faculty/staff, students’ families, and community members.
The biggest obstacle to overcome when looking at reopening our schools was having multiple students in a public space: how do we keep those spaces clean and up to COVID-regulation standards? Initially, we had school maintenance employees disinfect all buses between the elementary and middle/high school runs, and while it proved to be thorough, it was also time-consuming. As a result, buses would leave certain schools later than normal, putting them behind schedule for picking up the next round of students.
This is why we came up with a new way to sanitize our school buses to help prevent the spread of the virus, while not losing any time. Now, drivers will be receiving training from the district’s maintenance director, Pat Smith, in order to sanitize their own buses in between each run.
Angela Smith, Superintendent, says, “By adjusting our sanitizing routines, most routes are running on time, which is a marked improvement. Our maintenance staff and transportation team have collaborated together to make these changes benefit our students.”
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