First Student Start Safe

Back to school will be more challenging this year for a variety of reasons. Reworked school routines, new transportation protocols, social distancing and thorough disinfecting will be necessary responses to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

First Student has developed the Start Safe program to ensure our district partners are protected with the best protocols and the right tools for communicating with concerned parents. Developed by a team of leaders pulled from every function of our organization, the Start Safe program, outlined below, reflects our company-wide commitment to our students’ and employees’ safety.

Team of Experts

First Student has developed a team of industry experts that have been hard at work dissecting and researching key aspects of school transportation.

Our expert team, the Start Safe Taskforce, is driving the charge to reduce disease exposure and prevent transmission throughout our operations. As such, they are actively collaborating with governmental agencies, health care organizations, university research teams, and vehicle manufacturers to test and share information about:

  • Virus dwell time
  • Virus reaction
  • Decontamination methods  
  • Instantaneous disinfection
  • Prolonged environment protection

First Student Start Safe Taskforce

First Student’s Start Safe Taskforce is comprised of 20+ senior-level leaders from each function within our organization

This research will inform our cleaning protocols as well as our best practice recommendations for the industry.

More about First Student’s safety protocols

Industry-Best Disinfection

First Student recommends monthly bus disinfection using Zoono-Z71TM, a product extensively tested by the Start Safe Taskforce.

How ZoonoTM Destroys Viruses

Of all the products and methods tested for bus disinfection by the Start Safe Taskforce, the extended protection provided by Zoono-Z71TM monthly disinfectant makes it ideal for school transportation environments.

More about First Student’s disinfection process

Start Safe Toolkit

This fall, your team will need to communicate more frequently about the safety of the evolving school bus environment. In addition to our standard back-to-school toolkit materials, we are compiling all of our best practice protocols, and developing new resources, for you to share with your parents and the community. The toolkit will include content like:

Back-to-School Letter to Parents

Start Safe Parent Toolkit

Back-to-School Social Media Posts

Fun Safety Dog Social Media Images:

Fun Safety Dog Zoom backgrounds:

Our Shared Commitment

We’re in this together, and we’re committed, as your partner, to keeping students safe and supporting you in delivering educational excellence.

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