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2nd edition of special-needs safety guide available


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Safe Ride News Publications has made available The School Bus Safety Handbook: Choosing and Using Child Safety Restraint Systems and Wheelchairs, an updated and expanded second edition of its 2009 book.

Officials said this handbook is a practical guide for people at all levels within the pupil transportation industry, from administrators and transportation managers to bus drivers and aides. In addition, special-education professionals, Head Start programs, occupational/physical therapists, child passenger safety technicians and parents will benefit from the hands-on detail provided in this comprehensive resource. It has been written with extensive input from nationally known pupil transportation industry experts.

“This handbook is an excellent tool for the experienced transportation supervisor or the newest director on the job,” said Charley Kennington, director of Innovative Transportation Solutions. “You will find information about both the law and best practice, along with a wealth of usage details. This is a great resource for making the safest choices involving school transportation.”

Examples of specific content include:
•    School bus features that affect installation of child safety restraint systems (CSRS) and how to assure that a bus fleet is CSRS friendly.
•    How to determine the best type of CSRS to use given a child’s size, development and special needs, while also considering the specific school bus features.
•    The correct way to connect a safety restraint system and buckle up a child on a school bus.
•    Detailed information regarding the safe use of wheelchairs on school buses, including new information about updated voluntary standards.

Officials said the book provides an excellent companion to the national training course: Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses National Training. It also stands alone as a guide and reference.

The School Bus Safety Handbook: Choosing and Using Child Safety Restraint Systems and Wheelchairs is available as single copies or in bulk from Safe Ride News Publications.  

An order form is available at www.saferidenews.com or by sending an e-mail to info@saferidenews.com.




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My daughter was involved in an incident last week on a school bus wheel chair lift that could have caused her death. She has a power chair that was off-loaded from the bus as she waited on the bus in her manual wheel chair. While the lift was still fully deployed in the down position (on the ground), the bus aide began wheeling her out of the bus. By the time her nurse/aide realized what was happening her front wheels were over the edge and the chair began to fall. The nurse/aide and a bystander were watching and were able to grab her chair and prevent my daughter from falling to the ground. This was purely operator error and carelessness. Therefore, my question is what sort of fail-safes could be added or required at the lift door opening to prevent a wheel chair or person from rolling or stepping off the edge of the doorway when the lift is in the down position. It should be something that is automatic and blocks access to the doorway when the lift is down. I can’t believe this hasn’t already been addressed years ago, however, I believe this should be a requirement for any school bus that transports children in wheelchairs and uses a lift for loading and off-loading. Sincerely, Bill Conrad

Bill Conrad    |    Nov 26, 2013 11:10 AM

My daughter was involved in an incident last week on a school bus wheel chair lift that could have caused her death. She has a power chair that was off-loaded from the bus as she waited on the bus in her manual wheel chair. While the lift was still fully deployed in the down position (on the ground), the bus aide began wheeling her out of the bus. By the time her nurse/aide realized what was happening her front wheels were over the edge and the chair began to fall. The nurse/aide and a bystander were watching and were able to grab her chair and prevent my daughter from falling to the ground. This was purely operator error and carelessness. Therefore, my question is what sort of fail-safes could be added or required at the lift door opening to prevent a wheel chair or person from rolling or stepping off the edge of the doorway when the lift is in the down position. It should be something that is automatic and blocks access to the doorway when the lift is down. I can’t believe this hasn’t already been addressed years ago, however, I believe this should be a requirement for any school bus that transports children in wheelchairs and uses a lift for loading and off-loading. Sincerely, Bill Conrad

Bill Conrad    |    Nov 13, 2013 11:29 AM

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