This is a school bus driver awareness course for COVID-19
As you are aware the Department of Education has been working on a roadmap for the reopening of schools. The plan was announced by Minister Foley (27th July 2020) and it aims to provide a full return to school for all children, in line with the commencement of the new school year.
School transport plays a vital role for many families in ensuring children can travel to/from school
for the new school year.
EXTRACT FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – ROADMAP FOR RE-OPENING SCHOOLS
Arrangements to Get Children Safely to our Schools
Getting children to school safely has been a key part of planning for reopening schools.
In urban areas, this will mean supporting the NTA in promoting various alternative means for children to get to school in a safe way, including walking and cycling and more generally in reducing the impact on the public transport system of school reopening. There is intensive engagement with Bus Éireann to carefully plan for the School Transport Scheme and SEN transport, to ensure it is operating within the
parameters of public health advice.
School Transport Scheme Services
School Transport Scheme services operated by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department will fully operate as normal, in line with public health advice, when schools re-open for the 2020/2021 school year.
In planning for normal resumption of school transport services consideration has been taken of the fact that school transport somewhat differs to public transport in that:
School transport services are controlled environments.
Each transport service carries the same children on a daily basis to their school of attendance.
It is a restricted group of transport users which will facilitate contact tracing if required.
In ensuring the safety of all staff operating school transport services, operators should ensure the following:
• Your updated company Safety Statement
• COVID-19 Policy Statement
• Return to Work Safely Protocol (RWSP)
• Employee return to work health questionnaire
• COVID-19 return to work training provided and completed for all staff
• Risk Assessments
The full Protocol is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/22829a-return-to-work-safely-protocol/
In additional this course includes the following;
COVID-19 Risk Assessments Driving to Work – In accordance with the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the applicable regulations made under the Act
COVID-19 Risk Assessments First AID – In accordance with the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the applicable regulations made under the Act
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Log
COVID-19 Prevention Poster
COVID-19 Return to Work Safely Protocol – Employer Checklist No. 1 Planning and Preparing
COVID-19 NSAI Guidelines
COVID-19 Workplace Protection and Improvement Guide
COVID-19 Return to Work Safely Protocol – Role of Lead Worker Representative(s)
COVID-19 Trainerhub Sample Risk Assessments
Coronavirus COVID-19 Poster – Stay safe – Protect each other