Between children doing virtual school amid the pandemic, and so many parents working from home and able to drive their children to school, many buses were running with light loads over the past year. But that won’t be the case this fall.
As school districts are making decisions about transporting children by bus, a new study out of Virginia can help provide a road map to doing it safely.
Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters came together to study school bus operations at an independent school to determine how easily COVID-19 could spread on the buses when they were running at near capacity.
The researchers found that with certain protocols in place -- like mandatory mask wearing, window ventilation and assigned seats -- COVID spread could be mitigated among students and staff.
Watch the full report in the video player above.