August, 2020
The COVID issue
Downloadable Face Mask Sign
Be a superhero -
Wear a Mask!
Contact Linda at for a poster sized graphic link you can print yourself.
Get yourself in the drivers seat while in your zoom meeting.
5 downloadable zoom backgrounds with Thomas Built Bus available here.
Do you have a need for sanitizing stations in your shop or school? Several options available. Contact our parts department at
Suddenly a home school teacher? Looking for fun activities to keep your children engaged? Introduce them to Rudy-Thomas Built Buses Chief School Bus Safety Officer! Click on the link below to download your copy.
Post the finished art on our FB page!
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How to Disinfect your School Bus
The novel coronavirus has raised a lot of questions about how to best clean common areas and high-touch
surfaces such as those in school buses. We have reached out to our suppliers to understand what can and can
not be used on interior materials and surfaces.
A lot of information has been published about COVID-19 on surfaces. We are not providing any rationale behind current scientific studies or
findings. Our goal is to give you information directly from our material suppliers who have knowledge of the types of products that can be
used on specific school bus parts.
We have also incorporated guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
to support these recommendations. Here are some tips and guidelines for disinfecting your school buses to help keep children safe.
Back to School with Masks, Flexibility
It naturally led to the circulation of maps from the state and media like this one shown to the right that illustrates cases by county as of July 30. This map likely will be updated often, but it merely serves as a guide for schools.
Reopening will be directed by coronavirus cases closer to the first day of school, unless schools elect to start in distance learning.
Data for K-12 Schools:
14 day COVID-19 Case Rate by County
This document includes data that can be used by schools in making decisions about their safe learning model. It shows the number of cases by county of residence in Minnesota over 14 days, per 10,000 people by the date of specimen collection (when a person was tested). Any increase in case incidence can represent a greater risk, but schools may consider a 14-day case rate of 10 or more cases per 10,000 to be an elevated risk of disease transmission within the local community, especially when the level of cases per week is sustained or increasing over time
Spring 2020 brought unprecedented changes to society and our education system. Following two months of statewide distance learning, Minnesota public schools have spent summer 2020 developing contingency plans for the 2020-21 school year, based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and public health guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). During this time, MDE has made significant public engagement efforts to understand how we can better serve all Minnesota students and families, while protecting the health and safety of our school communities. This document explains the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year and outlines resources and supports that are available to school districts and charter schools for the upcoming school year.
State Patrol COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 has precipitated many changes in our daily lives. It will also be impacting the more near future as school districts plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The Office of Pupil Transportation has received inquiries regarding operational procedure/best practices.
  • School bus equipment standards have not changed. There is no executive order other than what has already passed through the legislature as it relates to the use of the stop arm system when delivering meals during the peace time emergency. Lt. Reu sent that information out last week. If you have not read through it, I encourage you to do so. That being said, we still welcome questions related to equipment standards as it relates to COVID-19 planning. However, as planning meetings occur and new ideas start flowing related to modifying equipment, please ask yourself or as a group first. Is this going to violate a current equipment standard? Will this increase our liability and increase our chances of being at fault? Will this pose a greater safety risk than what the practice was prior to COVID-19. I understand wanting to protect people, but there cannot be a greater protection for COVID if it’s going to pose a greater risk to life. That’s is counterproductive.

  • A shower curtain has been one of those topics to isolate a driver from students. Yes, you can see through shower curtains, but they are a visual hazard. A hazard that increases the risk to others safety such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles. The greater risk to life is the school bus driver missing the pedestrian or bicyclist because the shower curtain skews their vision just enough to miss them, resulting in serious injuries or death.

  • School bus operational procedures as it relates to our traffic statutes and MN Rules 7470 has not changed in the least. Please continue to train and re-train your drivers when required if there is deviation from the requirements. It’s imperative we maintain consistency for your drivers, students, and other motorists safety.

  • CDC recommendations are just that. Recommendations. They are not law or executive orders. Therefore the Office of Pupil Transportation has no authority to enforce any of these recommendations. If there is guidance from the CDC, then you should be in conversation with the school district, and the school and bus company attorney’s.

  • Age has been asked. Should I have a driver who is 65 years of age operating a school bus because they are considered high risk? Please have that conversation with your driver and not solely with administration (CEO, supervisors, & HR). The driver should be a part of a conversation that is going to specifically affect them. The Office of Pupil Transportation cannot answer this for you. This virus affects each person differently.
We are always here to assist you and answer your questions. You are having to brainstorm new ideas for health safety purposes. As you continue to plan, please ask yourself: 1) will this violate an equipment standard? 2) Will this violate an operational procedure – State law and/or rule? 3) Is this a CDC guidance?, and 4) Will this change/enhancement pose a greater risk to life? If you are answering yes to 1, 2, and 4, then it is not the path you should follow for you and others benefit.