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NYS says hand sanitizer will not be allowed on school buses, adding to confusion over safe transportation of students this fall

Transportation is a big question mark as students, faculty, and families look forward to the new school year.

While masking will be a requirement for everyone on a school bus, some things like hand sanitizer will not be required — or even allowed.


That’s right, New York State guidance points out that hand sanitizer will not be allowed due to its combustible composition and potential liability. “School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses,” the state’s language reads.

There will be self-screenings, and students will not be allowed to sit next to each other directly unless a sneeze guard is installed – or the students are coming from the same home.

Buses will also have to be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.

It’s unclear how districts will make this happen since there will likely need to be more buses in each district’s fleet.

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