Geneva County disinfects its buses to prevent chances of students catching coronavirus

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Black, Ala. (WDHN)—During the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges for Wiregrass school superintendents is transportation.

With so many health concerns and social distancing, how do you get kids to school and back home safely?

Geneva County Transportation Director Harold Birge says there are so many questions and few answers. Should bus seats be assigned? Should buses carry a few students at a time? What happens if a child doesn’t feel well on the bus?

Now, Birge and his drivers are trying the nearly impossible task of six-foot social distancing.

“If we have enough room, leave a seat in between students for a student who may not be feeling well on the bus. We’ll try to have students sit near each other each time and for siblings to sit together,” Harold Birge said.

At the Geneva County school bus maintenance facility in the town of Black, mechanics are not only checking oil and anti-freeze levels. They’re also making sure adequate hand-sanitizers and wipes are aboard all vehicles in the motor-fleet.

“Kids are going to be kids. We will do the best we can to educate them on what’s best for their safety. Students’ health is our number one priority. We will do our best to make sure kids don’t contract it in school and do our best to keep them safe and our faculty safe,” He said.

Siblings’ should try and sit together whenever possible.

Although the Geneva County Administrative staff has tried to come up with all contingency plans, he knows they’ll be issues popping-up which have not been anticipated.

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