Prep Travel A Challenge During Pandemic

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As high schools attempt to resume their sports seasons, the logistics of arranging safe travel during a pandemic are a challenge.

Transportation coordinator for Portsmouth City Wide School District in Virginia told the local ABC affiliate that he was concerned about the number of busses that would be need to get student-athletes to and from games.

"One thing about transport, it changes so much. Will we ever be able to put 60 on a bus again? I can't answer that question, but it would be a lot less stressful," Privot said. 

Regardless, Privot said changes in transportation are inevitable.

"It'll never be like it once was. In the past, the football team might take three buses... multiply that by two, so five or six buses will be needed on any given night for one particular team," Pivot said.

Social distancing on the buses is a must.

"Zig-zag formation, start on the right side, one student per seat and nobody sitting behind the driver to give them enough distance." 

The other issue is a lack of drivers, as the pandemic has resulted in a depletion of staff. 

"It'll be a difficult task if we do go back to school doing fall sports, due to COVID we have lost a lot of drivers... 30-35 drivers," Privot said, adding that the school system is currently hiring drivers, but plans to get every team to where they need to go for the upcoming season.

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