- Families/Students who completed the application process in the fall have seats reserved for when the hybrid in-person learning begins.
- Students will ride the bus only on days they will attend in-person learning. For example, if your child(ren) have been assigned to Cohort A, he or she will ride the bus Mondays and Tuesdays. If your child(ren) has been assigned to Cohort B, he or she will ride the bus on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Assigned seats - all students will have assigned seats on the bus. Siblings and household members will be assigned seats together on the bus. All students are expected to sit only in their assigned seats – no exceptions.
- Masks required - all students will be required to wear a mask at all times on the bus.
- Bus Stop Protocol - Students are expected to physically distance from one another at the bus stop. Boarding the bus in an orderly manner, reporting directly to their assigned seat.
- Students assigned to a bus using the Smart Tag system are expected to use their bus pass when the board and unload the bus. These buses include, Red #1 Bus, Orange #2 Bus, Navy #5 Bus, Black #9 Bus (Cohort A only). These students/families will be provided details of the program.
- remain in effect and will be strictly enforced.
Please click on the attachment below to view important Bus Student Health Safety Rules that will be strictly enforced.
Update: 3/11/21: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has updated its pandemic health and safety guidance for school buses.
While the majority of the current health and safety guidelines remain in place, there has been a change to the social distancing guidelines on-board buses, and it does impact our Regional Transportation Program at Foxborough Regional Charter School.
- Capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for students on buses are lifted.
Middle and High Schools:
- Capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for students on buses are lifted, except for except for middle and high schools in districts with high community prevalence.
Community health metrics have continued to improve and our Regional buses currently do not transport students living towns with “high community prevalence”.
For the remainder of the school year, we will continue to seat siblings and household members together. But, when necessary, students who are not from the same household will be assigned to sit together, two to a bench. Students will NOT be seated three to a bench.
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We are pleased to offer school bus privileges for the upcoming school year. A school bus is an extension of school itself and the same code of conduct with appropriate consequences will apply for bus misbehavior as they do in school. School bus safety is a primary concern of F.R.C.S. and F.R.C.S. reserves the right to take whatever action is necessary to maintain a high level of safety. The right of a pupil to school bus transportation is a qualified right, dependent on appropriate behavior. In cases where a pupil seriously or continuously violates the code of conduct, parents will be notified by the School and the bus pass will be revoked if, in the opinion of the School, such action is necessary for the general safety and wellbeing of other students.
Ventilation: Mitigate airborne transmission by increasing outdoor air ventilation. Doing so helps dilute the concentration or displace the presence of airborne virus. Opening windows can greatly increase the level of ventilation within a school bus and therefore reduce COVID-19 transmission risk.
- Keep windows open at all times during operation: unless not possible due to extreme weather conditions. Even in cold or rainy weather, bus windows should be kept open at least partially (a couple of inches, if possible).
- Consider keeping roof hatches open on buses during operation for further ventilation.
- When the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the forecast does not call for rain all windows shall be fully opened.
- When the temperature is between 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit, every other window shall be closed halfway, with all other windows full open.
- When it is raining, snowing, and/or when the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, every other window shall be opened only 2-3 inches. All other windows shall be fully closed.
Parents should plan accordingly. Please send students to school with the appropriate clothing to keep them warm during their bus ride. It is recommended that the students dress in layers (long sleeved shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves) to be able to help regulate in the changing conditions. Students cannot bring blankets on the bus.