School Bus Safety: Training Drivers to Deal With Emergencies
published on May 06, 2016 by Sonia Mastros
School bus drivers are typically required to complete extensive training before hitting the road. In most districts, this includes instruction for dealing with emergency situations. Deciding what topics should be covered can be a difficult decision because training utilizes valuable time and resources. Here are some subjects that should be included in your school bus safety training program.
School Bus Evacuation
Every school bus driver should understand when to evacuate their bus. They should also be trained on proper evacuation techniques to ensure student safety and make the process as efficient as possible. Training should include the techniques needed to safely evacuate children of various ages and physical abilities.
First Response Procedures
Though it is not required by all districts, many are now including basic first-aid and CPR training. If buses are equipped with AED equipment, drivers and aides should be trained on how to use them properly.
Behavioral Management Techniques
Bullying and aggressive behavior is a serious concern. Drivers should be trained to recognize and respond to threatening behaviors to ensure school bus safety.
Threats of Terrorism
Unfortunately, terrorism is a reality in our society. That school buses could be targeted is not outside of the realm of possibility. Drivers should be trained to identify potential threats of terrorism, along with the appropriate measures for response.
No matter how careful drivers are, accidents do happen. School bus drivers need to know how to respond and react after an accident to keep students safe from additional hazards.
Regional Safety Concerns
Safety issues vary, depending on where a district is located. Special safety issues that apply to your district should be addressed during training. This could include tornado response, procedures for evacuating after a vehicle submersion, or winter weather training.
The Training Process
Emergency preparedness training should be ongoing. Classroom education might not be enough when it comes to preparing for an emergency. Training should include planned and unannounced drills and continuing education. Drivers should have unlimited access to emergency response procedure guides.
If you would like additional information on programs that can help keep your school bus passengers safe, contact the transportation specialists at BusBoss today.
What does your school district include in its emergency preparedness and school bus safety training programs? Please share your feedback.