School bus capacity capped at 50% under Phase Two

WWL Newsroom
June 29, 2020 - 10:15 am

If Louisiana is still in Phase Two when schools reopen in August then students who rely on busses could be in a bit of a bind, with busses limited to 50 percent occupancy.

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says districts are working on solutions to the school bus capacity limit. He says systems will be reaching out to parents.

“Encouraging families who have the ability to do car drop off and pick up to do that, just to reduce the amount of students who are on a school bus,” says Brumley.

The state will remain in Phase Two for another 27 days due to the recent spike in cases.

Brumley says Phase Two school bus limitations and other restrictions mean students may be doing a split of distance and congregate learning should schools reopen without moving to Phase Three.

“If they are in Phase Two then you will probably see a greater likelihood that systems will use hybrid models of education,” says Brumley.

Groups at the school would be limited to no more than 25 people under Phase Two. That number increases to 50 under Phase Three.

Brumley indicated K-12 educators are hoping the state will no longer be in Phase Two when classes resume due to these kinds of difficulties.

“We are obviously hopeful that once school resumes in August that we will be able to be in Phase Three, which is 75 percent capacity (on busses)” says Brumley

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