Transporting students with disabilities safely is a very complex procedure that requires, by federal guidelines, training for anyone providing the related service.
School bus drivers and attendants need to be trained and qualified in operating equipment, federal and state laws pertaining to transporting students with disabilities, loading and unloading procedures, securing procedures for students using a wheelchair, proper use of child safety restraint systems, behavior management and emergency evacuation — just to name a few.
How do we do this in a time of dwindling budgets and with the many time constraints we are under? There is a need to think of innovative ways to provide ongoing training for our drivers and attendants so they can transport our most vulnerable population in the safest possible manner.
There is a plethora of good training material out there that can be used in many ways, or you can build your own training program. Here are some tips for bolstering special-needs training:
Well-trained drivers and attendants will provide the safest transportation for our students with disabilities on the school bus.