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COVID-19: Advice on safe school transport

COVID-19: Consejos para un transporte escolar seguro

10/09/2020

By car, by school bus or on foot... The  journey to school must always be done safely. Now, due to the coronavirus Covid-19, certain precautions must be taken, especially those related to hygiene and protection. Here are some tips for these journeys to school. 

-Do you drive your children to school? It is a means of transport in which the use of child restraint systems is compulsory up to 1.35 m height and recommended up to 1.50 m, at which point the safety belt can be properly fastened. 

Ideally, the car should be cleaned frequently, especially now and especially if the car is used by several people. The car should be cleaned and disinfected, especially the parts touched the most such as knobs, doors... In the case of children, it is recommended that each child uses its own car seat and that inside the vehicle there is a separation between the two. This means that the center seat can be left free for two children to travel in the rear seats with a child seat. We remind you that  children under 135 cm tall should ride in the rear seats unless these seats are occupied by other children with child seats, there are no rear seats available or it is impossible to place a CRS in that area. 

The use of a mask is recommended whenever people other than members of the family residence are traveling in the car. Masks of course should only be used if the child is of a certain age (advisable from three years onwards) and is never recommended for babies and very young children. In this article we talk about the use of masks when traveling

-If the journey is done on foot, you should try to maintain a safety distance called "social distance" of two meters with the rest of pedestrians and, if possible, use a mask. In this post we offer advice on how to walk safely to school. 

-Many journeys to school are done on a school bus. For many it is the only transport alternative for students to get to school. 

It is important that the bus is cleaned and disinfected, especially those contact points, on every journey and the driver's cabin and station, seats, armrests, interior and exterior door handles... The use of screens to physically separate the driver and the use of disinfectant gels before entering the school bus is recommended. The passenger compartment should also be ventilated regularly at bus stops and, if possible, driven with the windows open.

Once inside the bus, passengers should try to keep the safety distance with other students. As of the age of 6 onwards, the use of masks is recommended for greater protection in general. 

If you are going to use public transport, you must take extra care. Crowds are often inevitable and therefore a mask should be worn at all times, preferably avoiding touching railings and doors. 

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