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Hillsborough School Buses Preparing for the Return of Students

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — With a lot of students in a closed space, and in close proximity to each other, school buses are a big concern for a lot of parents, but Hillsborough County School Transportation officials say they’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

What You Need To Know

  • Hillsborough school buses are preparing for the return of students
  • Safety protocols are being put in place on buses: masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing
  • Students start school on Aug. 24 and return to the classroom on Aug. 31. 
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On Thursday, school bus drivers ran their routes practicing for the start of school. School buses now have hand sanitizing stations and students are encouraged to use it as soon as they get on the bus. Everyone is required to wear a mask on board, and buses will load from back to front to limit contact between students.

School officials say the row behind the bus driver will always remain empty for the driver’s safety. The CDC recommends cleaning the buses once daily, however, Hillsborough County Schools will clean all of its buses twice each day and drivers will wipe down seats after each run.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about socially distancing at bus stops too.

Hillsborough County schools open on August 24, however, all students will do the first week online. Classrooms open August 31.

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