Catholic Charities CYO Transportation School Bus Agreement
Please read, complete, and submit the Catholic Charities CYO Transportation Bus Agreement for your child. Scroll down for the online form once you have read the Agreement. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Thank you for keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Informed Consent for Transportation of Students Being Bused to and from School During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Catholic Charities CYO Transportation (CCCYO Transportation) will follow the recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and County Departments of Public Health to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission while being transported. However, much remains unknown about the COVID-19virus and its effects more specifically on children. Parents and Guardians should keep updated on the guidance and should seek advice from the child's and household members' medical providers. The guidance as of May 28, 2021, provided on the CDC's website states, in pertinent part:
While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, can spread the virus to others, and can have severe outcomes. Children who have COVID-19but have no symptoms ("asymptomatic") can still spread the virus to others. Children are more likely to be asymptomatic or have mild, non-specific symptoms and they are much less likely than adults to have severe illness or die. Both adults and children with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Currently, we are still learning how well the COVID-19vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications ... [and should consult with] their healthcare providers to discuss their activities and extra precautions they may need to keep taking to prevent COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends continued masking and physical distancing for people with weakened immune systems.
About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19
Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they spread, whether they could cause more severe illness and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. Find data and technical information about variants circulating in the United States.
What We Know
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.
Viruses constantly change and become more diverse. Scientists monitor these changes, including changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. By carefully studying viruses, scientists can learn how changes to the virus might affect how it spreads and how sick people will get from it.
If you think about a virus like a tree growing and branching out; each branch on the tree is slightly different than the others. By comparing the branches, scientists can label them according to the differences. These small differences, or variants, have been studied and identified since the beginning of the pandemic.
Some variations allow the virus to spread more easily or make it resistant to treatments or vaccines. Those variants must be monitored more carefully.
Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy in the United States to help end the COVID-19pandemic. People who are not fully vaccinated, including children under the age of 12 years who are not yet eligible for vaccination, still need to use all the tools we have available to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
People who are fully vaccinated are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection. A growing body of evidence suggests that people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to have an asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19to others. People who are fully vaccinated are safe to resume activities in most settings as they did prior to the pandemic, except where prevention measures are required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
The CDC recommends that everyone 12 years and older get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens for more information.
What you need to know:
Children and teens can get COVID-19.
While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19 and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Children, like adults, who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms ("asymptomatic") can still spread the virus to others.
Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They might require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. In rare cases, they might die.
The CDC and partners are investigating a rare but serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). We do not yet know what causes MIS-C and who is at increased risk for developing it. Learn more about MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.
Babies under 1-year-old and children with certain underlying conditions may be more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19.
Other children, regardless of age, with the following underlying medical conditions might also be at increased risk of severe illness compared to other children:
• Asthma or chronic lung disease
• Genetic, neurologic, or metabolic conditions
• Sickle cell disease
• Heart disease since birth
• Immunosuppression (weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions or being on medications that weaken the immune system)
• Medical complexity (children with multiple chronic conditions that affect many parts of the body, or are dependent on technology and other significant supports for daily life)
This list does not include every underlying condition that might increase the risk for severe illness in children. As more information becomes available, CDC will continue to update and share information about the risk for severe illness among children.
If your child has an underlying condition, make sure to discuss your child's potential for getting very sick with their healthcare provider. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in adults and children and can look like symptoms of other common illnesses such as colds, strep throat, or allergies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19in children are fever and cough, but children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:
• Fever or chills
• Nasal congestion or runny nose
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Nausea or vomiting
• Muscle or body aches
• Poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1 year old
What you can do
Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms. Pay attention to:
• Fever (temperature 100.4 °For higher)
• Sore throat
• New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
• Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Keep your child home and call their healthcare provider if your child gets sick.
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19:
• Keep your child home.
• Consider whether your child needs to see a healthcare provider and be tested for COVID-19. The CDC recommends all people with symptoms of COVID-19, including children, get tested. CDC has a Coronavirus Self Checker available on its website, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for possible COVID-19.
• Protect yourself from COVID-19 while caring for your sick child by wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, monitoringyourselfforsymptomsforCOVID-19, and using other preventive measures.
• Notify your child's school that your child is sick. Also inform the school if your child has had a COVID-19 test and what the result is, if available.
• Review your child's school (or other childcare facility) policies related to when a child who has been sick can return.
• Bring your child back to school or other in-person activities only after they can safely be around others.
Household Members and COVID-19
It is important to understand how to avoid getting sick when any household member participates in in person activities, including in-person learning. Because children can spread the virus that causes COVID-19to others, parents, guardians, and caregivers should consider whether their child(ren) or other household members are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19when making decisions about in-person school and other activities. If a household includes someone who is at increased risk for severe illness, then all household members should act as if they, themselves, are at increased risk.
If you, your child, or a household member are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, you will need to weigh the benefits and risks and consult with your child's and household members' medical providers.
In addition, the following safety protocols will be required of all students and families utilizing CCCYO Transportation.
• Parents/Guardians must determine their student's wellness prior to traveling to the school bus stop location in the morning. Students who have a fever or exhibit symptoms of illness should not be transported to the school bus stop.
• Each student will have their temperature taken by the CYO Transportation bus driver prior to boarding the bus. Any student who has a temperature above 99.9 or is showing symptoms of illness, will not be allowed to board the bus.
• Parents/Guardians must remain at the bus stop until their student has been allowed to board the bus.
• All students will use the provided hand sanitizer to clean their hands prior to boarding the bus.
• Students will be required to wear masks covering their mouth and nose while having their temperature taken and loading, riding and unloading the bus.
• Weather permitting, the windows of the bus will be kept open as well as roof hatches for improved ventilation. A maximum capacity of 52 students will be allowed per bus.
• Students will be seated six feet away from the bus driver.
• Should San Francisco Department of Public Health, the State of California and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines change, it may alter the maximum capacity of students allowed per bus and the physical distancing required per student.
• Students should board the bus and move to the rear of the coach, filling up the rear-most identified seats first. When leaving the bus, students in the front should depart first. In this fashion, students do not need to pass each other in the aisle.
If a student is not willing to follow protocols, Catholic Charities CYO reserves the right to refuse to transport that student for the safety of the driver and other passengers.
• Students must continue to abide by all State Statutes and Regulations, and the normal behavior expectations of Schools governing their students, and students on school buses in California. Infractions such as the following will follow the normal disciplinary procedures established by Catholic Charities CYO Transportation and School:
o Refusal to abide by the authority of the driver or follow the driver's directions.
o Smoking or vaping.
o Possession or the use of any alcohol or drugs including marijuana.
Your typed name below indicates you understand these risks and agree to abide by all safety protocols and to follow all other instructions that may be given by Catholic Charities CYO Transportation and School and that you acknowledge the risks involved.