Representative Dukes calls on the Governor to allow more students on school buses following new CDC guidance related to physical distancing

Posted on 03-30-2021


Tim calls on the Governor to allow more than 23 students on school buses in light of new CDC guidance related to physical distancing


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday released updated guidance on the physical distance permitted between students in a classroom setting, reducing the space from six feet to three feet.
In response to the CDC’s announcement, Rep. Dukes, House Minority Whip, and Rep. Danny Short, House Minority Leader Danny Short, sent a letter to the Governor urging him to update our state policy that will allow more than 23 students to travel on a school bus at one time.
As they stated in the letter: “We believe this information from the CDC will provide our local school districts with the assurances that many have been seeking as they consider plans to fully reopen this year and, certainly, by next school year. Many Delaware school districts have communicated to us that they are not comfortable considering plans to fully reopen because of the bus capacity limitations.”
The correspondence, also sent to DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik and DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, further stated: “Allowing school bus operators to safely distance more students on buses merely reinforces comments made by DPH Director Dr. Rattay in November 2020 during one of your press briefings that ‘COVID-19 is not being spread primarily in schools. The spread is really occurring external to the schools, … outside the school setting. … In-school spread is really rare.'”
(NOTE: Since the issuance of this correspondence, DPH has stated that it already abides by a three-feet rule in school settings, including on school buses. According to Dr. Rattay, the three-feet spacing on school buses equates to 23 students per bus.)