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COVID-19 Transportation Resources and Q & A
CDE's top priority is the health and safety of all students, educators and communities in Colorado. The department has compiled school transportation-related resources below to help provide guidance to schools and districts during this time.
COVID-19 School Transportation Q & A
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- Annual Inspectors/Annual Inspections
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Licenses and DOT Physicals
What procedures should we consider for cleaning and disinfecting school buses before and after they are returned to service?
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have resources that provide guidance on safe, effective materials and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting school facilities, including school buses.
Generally, current guidance recommends cleaning and then disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least daily on buses that are in service, using common cleaning products, followed by approved disinfectants. When possible, workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, gowns, eye protection, and masks.
What are the bus manufacturer recommendations regarding bus cleaning?
Bus manufacturers have posted comprehensive school bus cleaning and sanitizing/disinfecting procedures on its website, including specific recommendations for the types of products that may be used on different bus interior surfaces without damaging them. Avoiding degradation of bus interior materials, such as safety belts and seat covers, is an important consideration.
I am a CDE Annual Inspector and my certification will expire prior to April 30, 2020. What do I do?
The Annual Inspector Re-certification Process will remain the same. Annual Inspectors will be required to maintain their certifications in order to perform Annual Inspections. If you are an Annual Inspector and your certification will expire prior to August 30, 2020, contact Fred Stewart at Stewart_s@cde.state.co.us for 303-866-6655 for re-certification testing materials.
I want to become a CDE Annual Inspector, can I do that now ?
Unfortunately, you cannot. The process requires in-person contact, so it is not currently available.
We will advise districts as soon as this available and also post it on the CDE Transportation website.
Our district is closed and we have buses that will have Annual Inspections expiring prior to April 30, 2020. Can we get an extension?
Yes. Given the extraordinary circumstances associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, we understand the challenges associated with those annual requirements which are up for renewal. Therefore, consistent with 1 CCR 301-26-1.03, which allows the Commissioner, or her designee, to provide exemptions to the operation, maintenance and inspection rules, CDE is granting an exemption to extend the annual renewals until August 30, 2020.
What is required of districts that have CDL Operators enrolled in random drug and alcohol testing?
Please refer to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCS) (PDF)) regarding all questions pertaining to drug and alcohol testing.
My CDL license and/or physical are going to expire prior to April 30, 2020. What do I do?
Please refer to this link regarding the DMV Procedures