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Drivers work to keep school buses clean

The Columbian
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WOODLAND: Mary Martin, a KWRL driver, uses an electrostatic sprayer to clean buses.
WOODLAND: Mary Martin, a KWRL driver, uses an electrostatic sprayer to clean buses. Photo Gallery

WOODLAND — KWRL, the transportation cooperative that operates the bus systems for Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center school districts, has had to enhance cleaning during the pandemic. To sanitize each bus, employees use special electrostatic fogging sprayers that evaporate. Drivers also disinfect the high-touch points on their bus, such as handrails, driver seats, steering wheels and driver controls after each route, according to a news release. “Our approach to everything had to change when the pandemic started,” KWRL Transportation Director Shannon Barnett said. “We purchased the equipment for deep cleaning the instant COVID-19 hit so we could prepare for what might come our way.” As well as cleaning, KWRL introduced new rules for students to stay safe, such as wearing masks, keeping windows partially open for improved airflow and no longer permitting food or beverages on buses. Barnett commends his staff for going the extra mile. “We have a very dedicated group of drivers and have seen excellent participation from each of them during this time,” he said. “We are truly blessed to have such outstanding staff.”

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