School is more challenging this year for a variety of reasons. First Student is committed to making your student’s journey to and from school as safe as possible. Reworked school routines, new transportation procedures, social distancing, and thorough bus disinfection and protection are necessary responses to the coronavirus pandemic. We developed the Start Safe Program to ensure students are protected with the best protocols.
Start Safe Parent Toolkit
- Start Safe with Safety Dog
- Start Safe One Page Overview
- Tip sheets
- Coloring sheets
- Safety Dog Pledge
- Safety Dog wants you to follow the rules, listen to your driver and be respectful of everyone on the bus!
- Fun Safety Dog Zoom backgrounds
My School Bus Ride: A Guided Visualization for Students
Team of Experts
Developed by a team of leaders pulled from every function of our organization, Start Safe reflects our company-wide commitment to ensure that each bus is disinfected and protected.
Our Start Safe Taskforce collaborated with various government agencies, healthcare organizations, university research teams and school bus manufacturers to test and select the best possible disinfectant options for the school bus environment.
Disinfected and Protected
First Student offers two bus disinfection products for our buses:
- Zoono Z71™ Microbe Shield Antimicrobial
- Signet® Neutral Disinfectant DS1
First Student’s antimicrobial option is Zoono-Z71™. We selected Zoono-Z71™ because it provides strong, long-lasting antimicrobial protection against a range of bacteria, viruses and pathogens.
Zoono is different because when applied, it leaves behind a molecular layer that bonds to surfaces and fabrics. These molecules form a barrier of microscopic spikes that (through ionic action of negatively and positively charged particles) attract, pierce, and prevent pathogens.
The long-lasting protection provided by Zoono-Z71™ disinfectant makes it ideal for school transportation environments.
*Zoono-Z71™ is EPA-Registered #83129-1 (List A – Antimicrobials) and Pending EPA List N approval.
Signet® Neutral Disinfectant DS1
If the district prefers daily disinfection, First Student has chosen Signet® Neutral Disinfectant DS1 due to its non-corrosive effect on school buses. The solution is an EPA-registered disinfectant that is bactericidal, viricidal, fungicidal and meets the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard for decontamination of blood and bodily fluids.