The Malta Independent 5 December 2020, Saturday

WATCH: This is how Malta’s school vans will be fumigated every week

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 15:36 Last update: about 4 months ago

Coop Services have released a video showing how Malta’s school vans will be fumigated every week when the scholastic year gets going, while also giving details about daily, trip-by-trip procedures.

With the opening of schools inching ever closer, Coop Services – which has a fleet of over 600 minibuses servicing hundreds of routes across the island – said that they have embarked on the comprehensive fumigation of its fleet.

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Furthermore, these same minibuses will be fumigated every week, with Coop releasing a 30 second video showing how this will be done.

“Moreover, in order to ensure strict adherence once school transport starts, minibus drivers have been briefed in detail on the COVID-19 protocols issued by the Health Authorities”, Coop said.

There are a number of restrictions and measures in place when it comes to school transport, with vans expected to run at half-capacity and passengers and the driver expected to wear masks or visors.

“Whilst Coop Services remains committed to making the safety of every child a priority, the collaboration of all parents is being sought”, they said.


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As per the aforementioned Covid-19 protocols, the vans will be disinfected after every trip, Coop said. 

This includes the disinfection of seats and seat belts after every voyage. The drivers meanwhile will be wearing masks and will keep the minibuses well ventilated, keeping windows open when possible, and avoiding air recirculation.

“Prioritising the safety of every child, Coop Services requests your collaboration in ensuring that each child is wearing a mask or visor before entering the school van and that each child sits in the same seat every time the school transport is used”, Coop said.

“You are kindly asked to take the temperature of your child in the morning before sending them to school. If there are signs of illness, please refrain from sending your child to school.”

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