20-21 Bus Transportation Plans
Dear Centura Parents,
We are reaching out to you with a letter of communication regarding the transportation services for the 2020-21 school year in Centura Public Schools. We intend to send further notification as our situation evolves and decisions regarding district transportation develop. We will be posting a Form on the Centura website for all parents to complete on transportation.
We will begin school on August 19. We are required by local health departments, the Nebraska Department of Education, and DHM to practice social distancing on our buses. We usually can have students sit 2 to 3 per seat. Under the guidelines, we will only be able to have one student per seat unless sitting with a sibling or another student under the same household. With this limited space in mind, we are asking every family that is capable of driving their students to school rather than use bus service. We are required to transport Special Education students, who have transportation services written into their IEP, students who are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act, students who have been “involuntarily transferred” from their home school, and students who live 4 miles from the school and three miles from the closest bus stop. All of these students will be transported to school in the 2020-21 school year regardless of what operational zone.
Additionally, with the “Yellow” zone, we would ask parents to take their child’s temperature before getting on the bus, and if a student has a temperature at or above 100.4, we would ask the parents to keep that child home. Students will have their temperatures taken when they arrive at school, and students who have temperatures at or above 100.4 (with two checks conducted) will be sent home. Transportation services will not be available in this instance, and parents would have to pick their children up from school. Also in the Yellow Zone, we will implement mandatory seating charts with social distancing observed, and our bus drivers will wear a mask.
If we moved to the “Green” zone on the phase dial, we would return to standard services.
We realize the situation will likely be fluid, and parents will have to have backup plans for our regular transportation services. We hope to transport all students who want to ride in every school that operates in the “Green” zone all year. Our goal is to provide transportation in the safest manner possible for as many students as possible for the entire school year.
Please consider this information to make your decisions for transportation and bus services for the 2020-21 school year. If you are willing to embark on this fluid journey with us, we ask you to complete the form provided on the Centura website.
Becky Phillips, Transportation
Ryan Ruhl, Superintendent