Compiled with the help of industry experts and authorities, the following practical tips are meant to be considered in addition to following directions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal and state officials. These tips were crafted keeping in mind real-life situations that many drivers cannot avoid or control.
Here are the tips that are applicable to school bus drivers:
1. Stay in your vehicles as supplies are loaded and unloaded and when possible. Keep your windows up when interacting with another person.
2. Do not touch fuel pumps with your bare hands – they are often the dirtiest areas of a gas station.
3. Decrease the number of times you touch “shared” objects with your bare hands such as credit cards, pens, cups, clipboards, handles, ATM pads, etc.
4. Use a face covering (a mask, scarf, or bandana) and gloves when interacting with people, along with social distancing. Disinfect these objects as much as possible.
5. When you can, go digital or electronic. Avoid receipts, forms, or other physical objects that are passed around without protection.
6. Handwashing with soap is more effective at removing certain kinds of germs, but if you need to make your own hand sanitizer, make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.