Your Safety is our Concern


Eating and drinking on the bus is no longer permissible because it encourages sharing and removal of face coverings. KWRL staff will educate students of the expectations and enforce the NO FOOD OR DRINK policy on the bus to promote health and safety for all passengers.


Student’s are NOT to share electronic devices. This will help with keeping social distances and avoid unnecessary exposure. This is a policy that is already in place to protect against exposure to unapproved or inappropriate content on devices, but this policy also helps prevent health concerns related to the sharing of objects and the social distance that occurs with sharing.


Masks are required to be worn by students at all times while on the bus. Unless parents have arranged to not wear a mask with the school. KWRL needs to be notified regarding this arrangement. All buses will have mask’s to provide to students if they are not wearing one.

If a student is not wearing a mask-

  • The driver will ask the student if they need a mask.

  • If a student is not wearing a mask and refuses to wear one. The driver will notify KWRL student support staff and the school will be notified.


  • Drivers will be assigning seats for all students in accordance with OSPI, District COVID-19 Officers as well as the County Departments of Health for purposes of contact tracing in the event a student is identified as having COVID-19.

  • Drivers are responsible for directing students on where to sit.

  • Students will be seated with 1 seat between them and 1 student to a seat until no longer possible.

  • When the bus is at capacity then the driver may start filling empty seats keeping 1 student to a seat.

  • When there is a student in every seat then the driver may begin allowing 2 students per seat.

seating with families/FRIENDS

  • Families will be encouraged to sit together when possible and sit with respect to age appropriate seating which requires younger students to sit forward in the front of the bus. This will require older siblings to come forward instead of younger siblings moving to the back.

  • In the past, students have changed buses to ride home with friends rather than their own homes. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible until al COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Students must now ride to their assigned stops on their assigned buses.


  • At the school the driver is responsible for instructing students to remain seated and to begin unloading students from front to back.

  • The drivers will remind and reteach the expectation that students are to remain seated and wait to unload until the student in front of them has begun to exit and is at a respectful social distance


  • Windows need to be opened to the first notch if possible. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately according to the weather.

kwrl school bus covid-19 prevention protocols

Drivers safety

  • Drivers follow strict guidelines to ensure the safest operation. This includes wearing the proper PPE on the bus.


  • Driver Attestation completed daily.

  • Driver temperatures taken daily before shift.

daily disinfect and santize bus

  • KWRL is using electrostatic spraying and fogging to sanitize its buses nightly, cleaning all around seats, handrails, and windows. In between routes, drivers will clean the high contact surfaces like hand rails and seats.

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