After the latest requirements for schools, Abu Dhabi issued some specifications for the school bus drivers and transport operators to keep students to their place of education safely. The new policies were introduced as part of precautionary measures to protect kids and staff from the COVID-19.
There is a safe policy for kids:
• students over 6 must wear a mask;
• no shaking of hands;
• students must use designated seats;
• sterilizing of hands before getting on and after getting off the bus;
• informing the driver of any COVID-19 related symptoms.
Requirements for bus drivers:
• drivers must provide a negative COVID-19 certificate prior to resuming work and then every 14 days thereafter;
• drivers wear face masks and gloves at all times;
• drivers must ensure their passengers observe social distancing of 2 m with a vacant seat between;
• provide temperature check for everyone before boarding;
• open windows after every trip;
• carry out sterilization of touch-points.
Requirements for transport operators:
• ensure all buses with thermometers, hand sanitizers, gloves and maks;
• provide training for drivers;
• check driver temperatures daily;
• install of protective screens between drivers and students;
• ensure buses operate at a maximum 50 percent capacity with appropriate signage on vacant seats;
• all doors must be operated automatically;
• carry out regular sterilization of buses;
• double the number of trips following the Ministry of Education and ADEK instructions.
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