School Transportation Safety - Transportation plans
Schools might want to articulate in school policy all rules and regulations regarding transportation, be it daily home-school-home, local field trips, or international travel, as well as an evacuation plan from either the school or safe haven. The plan should be known to all and policies guiding the safety of daily transportation should be in place. These policies might include use of seatbelts, behavior on school buses, and maintenance of buses.
It is suggested that all buses be equipped with a communication system that will operate in the case of an emergency. Cell phones may be the most common means of communication, but in some locations, it may be better to have a CB with a dispatcher either at the school or at the headquarters of the company responsible for transportation. If a company or private firm is responsible, it is suggested that a transportation administrator coordinate the system. This administrator should be an employee of the school and accessible to the superintendent.
Each bus should have a list of students on that particular route. To ensure children are on the right bus, it is suggested that each driver hand a list of students, presently on the bus, to the bus coordinator prior to departure. This will allow a record of who is on what bus in case of an emergency. The name should have each student's phone number. Drivers should be instructed to call school or parents if, for some reason, their arrival time at school or home will be delayed. The delay time will vary from school to school.
Some of the suggestions within this chapter may seem to many as excessive; however, to others they may not seem excessive at all. Each school needs to use common sense and good judgement when dealing with transportation while taking in the current situation of the school community.