Many districts are considering implementing a no-touch loading and unloading policy for all of their transportation providers. This obviously doesn’t change anything for general population school bus riders, but for students with special needs it could be new way of doing things that parents and teachers will have to get used to.
It means that parents would be responsible for loading their children in the vehicle during morning pick-up and unloading them at the end of the day. It also would mean that a teacher, aide, monitor or nurse (depending on the student’s needs) would be responsible for unloading them when they got to school, and then loading them in the vehicle at the end of the school day.
There are some districts who prefer this method anyway and have been doing it for years. For others it could be a new way of thinking and may cause a few hiccups early on.