Before the vote, Strusz said the district had not been requiring masking on school buses for a couple of reasons. The district had been talking to its lawyers to see whether school buses count as public transportation, for example.
If the students have to wear face coverings on the bus, but they are not masked in school buildings, what is the balance between those two, he said.
“It’s your students who are riding those buses, it’s not like anyone just gets on the bus, so is it really public transportation, but they have come back and said we need to move forward and follow that guideline.”
Durham School Services provides busing for Pleasant Valley.
Strusz said the district spoke with Durham at the beginning of the school year when Pleasant Valley chose not to enforce face coverings on buses while it sought legal guidance, and the company said it was the district’s choice.
The full discussion can be viewed on the district’s YouTube page.
The Bettendorf Community School District notified its families and staff on Sept. 20 that face coverings would be required on the district’s buses and other district vehicles beginning Sept. 22, according to the district.