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Your Safety Is Our Concern

The safety of our riders is our top priority. To ensure student safety, the following guidelines have been developed in cooperation with OSPI, District COVID-19 Officers as well as the County Departments of Health.


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Masks are required to be worn by students at all times while on the bus, unless parents have arranged a medical accommodation with their student's school.  KWRL will need to be aware of any medical accommodations needed.  All buses will have mask’s available if needed. 

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 to validate whether a medical accommodation has been requested. 



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.



Social Distancing requires a different seating approach during COVID-19.

  • 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 to their own homes. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible until all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Students must now ride to their assigned stops on their assigned buses.



Unloading procedure is just as important as locating and seating. the driver will instruct students on how to properly and safely leave the bus.

  • 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. 

  • As always, riders should never put hands or head outside of the windows.

Food &


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. 

Electronic Devices

Students 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.  




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



Drivers complete an attestation form daily and have their temperature taken before each shift.



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.


You can find additional information regarding COVID-19 protocol for each district at the links below.