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
- Start Safe Program Overview
- Three Strategies to Manage the Impact of Social Distancing
- What will back to school look like during COVID-19?
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
- Vehicle Disinfection Overview
- More Information About Zoono’s Effectiveness
- Video: How Zoono Group’s Technology Works
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:
- Safety Dog Materials
- First Feedback
- FirstServes Social Stories
Fun Safety Dog Social Media Images:
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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.