Likelihood of COVID-19 transmission on school buses investigated.

Although in-school transmission of COVID-19 among K-12 students is low when safeguards are in place, the risk of acquiring COVID-19 during school bus transportation is unclear. A study published in the Journal of School Health reports on the bus transport experience of an independent school in Virginia.

For the study, the school monitored 1,154 students with asymptomatic PCR testing every 2 weeks initially and later every week from August 28, 2020-March 19, 2021, during highest community transmission. Fifteen buses served 462 students while operating at near capacity of 2 students in every seat, using a physical distancing minimum of 2.5 feet, universal masking, and simple ventilation techniques.

There were 39 infectious COVID-19 cases who were present on buses during the study period, which resulted in the quarantine of 52 students. Universal testing and contact tracing revealed no transmission linked to bus transportation.


DAILY DOSE: Fledgling COVAX program already in need of reform; Whales aplenty off the New York coast.
Earlier this year, when countries were still beginning to roll out their …
SPORTS: Weekend European Football Previews.
Another weekend is here. That means another barrage of football matches are …
The genome of the Atlantic puffin makes us reconsider how to conserve the species.
For the first time a whole genome analysis has been conducted for …
The Exchange: Tajai and Ivan Ussach discuss human waste recycling and creative tension in socially conscious artists.
The Arts and Sciences used to share much of the same intellectual …

“The pandemic has made it very difficult for public schools to meet the transportation needs of students. Many districts simply do not have enough buses and drivers to allow distancing of 3-6 feet or skipping of bus rows while still providing rides to all children,” said corresponding author Dana Ramirez, MD, of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. “With more students returning to face-to-face instruction, safe transportation to school is an equity issue, as many families are unable to drive their children to school each day. As members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics School Re-Opening Task Force, we recognize that schools are under pressure to make data-driven operational decisions. We hope the model we describe and our data can be of assistance in demonstrating that school buses can safely operate at normal capacity even at high community COVID-19 case loads.”

IMAGE CREDIT: (ENTER NAMES)


Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: