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December 01, 2001  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Transportation Deadlines Loom

The following Head Start regulations take effect Jan. 18


• All Head Start drivers must have a valid CDL. Drivers must receive a combination of classroom and behind-the-wheel training that meets state school bus training requirements and includes onboard evaluation of road performance. Drivers must also have physical exams, first aid training, driving record checks and criminal record checks. • Vehicle must have a communication system and safety equipment, including a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and a seat belt cutter. • Head Start agencies will be required to provide a maintenance program for vehicles, including annual inspection, preventive maintenance and daily pre-trip inspections. • Head Start agencies must meet specific restrictions in trip routing. Children should not be in transit for more than one hour. Vehicles may not be required to back up or make U-turns. Stops must be located so that children need not cross the street. • Head Start agencies must provide a monitor to escort children across the street if curbside drop-off or pick-up is not possible. • Head Start agencies must teach children safe riding practices, including boarding and leaving the vehicle, crossing the street, recognition of danger zones and emergency evacuation procedures. • Head Start agencies must conduct at least three bus evacuation drills during the program year. Source: Connecticut School Transportation Association newsletter, November 2001.

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