2020-2021 Transportation Safety Protocols

For complete transportation safety protocols for the 2020-2021 school year, view GCISD's Fall 2020 Draft Guide. Included in the guide are cleaning protocols for GCISD buses, bus stop expectations, boarding and unloading procedures and much more. The guide is subject to change based on additional guidance from Governor Abbott, TEA and other local, state and federal agencies.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Masks

GCISD is requiring all of its drivers and students to wear masks while on the school bus. Due to the close proximity of students that ride buses, all students, except special education students, will be required to wear facial coverings at the bus stop and while on the bus without exception. Students that cannot wear a face covering may not ride the bus and will need alternate transportation to and from campus. Bus drivers, regardless of their route type, will also wear facial coverings.


Special Needs Transportation

All students receiving special needs transportation services will have their temperature reading taken with a contactless thermometer prior to boarding the bus. Students with a temperature reading of 100.0 or more will not be transported.


Protocol for confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19

Due to the space limitations on a school bus, all individuals that ride the bus are considered to be in “close contact” with all other individuals. As a result, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 of one of the bus riders or driver, families of students who rode the bus with that individual will be notified in order to self-quarantine for the appropriate period of time in accordance with District guidelines for students.

Bus drivers and monitors will also self-quarantine for the appropriate period of time in accordance with District guidelines for staff.

Transportation will continue to follow district protocols for sanitization of the bus including spraying high touch items in the interior of the bus with disinfecting spray.

If a student displays COVID-19 symptoms on board, on the way to school, the bus driver will notify dispatch, who will notify the campus nurse at the drop-off location so that the student can be escorted to the isolation room for a clinical assessment. If a student displays COVID-19 symptoms on board, on the way home, the bus driver will notify dispatch, who will notify a parent/guardian.