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Over 1,000 districts get free danger zone program


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MACEDONIA, Ohio — An offer for a free safety training program for school bus drivers has drawn an enormous response.

As of Wednesday, the Danger Zones program had been shipped to 1,270 school districts across the U.S.

The offer still stands, and Jeff Cassell, vice president of school district operations for the School Bus Safety Co., said that about 25 new requests are still coming in per day.

“Many who have already presented the program to their drivers have called to say how good the program is,” Cassell said.

The School Bus Safety Co. launched the cooperative endeavor last month with the Public School Risk Institute, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and 247Security Inc. to provide the comprehensive training set at no charge to school districts nationwide.

The move was in response to a drastic increase in danger zone fatalities. Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. The prior year, there were five fatalities — the lowest total on record.

The Danger Zones program, one of many titles in the School Bus Safety Co.’s Driver Training Course, features a 20-minute DVD, a trainer’s guide and a driver handout. It covers all aspects of how drivers should behave to prevent danger zone accidents.

To get a free copy, go to www.schoolbussafetyco.com. For more information, contact Janet Greer at [email protected].

 


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I found this to be a great up-to-date video that will work well with all new drivers and I plan to work it into our training manual. Come the first of the year meeting we will be showing this to all our drivers as a refresher. Even I got pointers that are good and hope to try them out the first week of school. This is a video to have in your district driver's library!

Renee Simons    |    Jun 14, 2010 06:29 AM

I thought this was an excellent video. Very informative on a very important topic, yet presented in a interesting and interactive way. All the information helps to remind us to be extra careful at all times. Thank you.

Gale    |    May 18, 2010 07:54 AM

Presented the program to our 72 drivers on 4/29/10. Excellent program and an outstanding reminder and wakeup call to those that may have become complacent. The very nature of school bus transportation, the same bus and route every day and in some cases for years, lends itself to complaceny. Safe transportation is no accident and requires constant training and vigilence. Thanks for making the program available.

Stephen Lambert    |    May 02, 2010 03:51 PM

I have received and already presented this training to my team. They had a very positive reaction and I received many positive comments. It is always beneficial to bring these reminders to the front of their thoughts - we all know that doing the same thing every day causes complacency and a "comfort zone". Familiarity can be our worst enemy. Because children are unpredictable, we need to be 100% focused when loading and unloading passengers. It was wonderful to be able to obtain this valuable training free of charge, especially given our current financial constraints. Thank you so much!

Robbin Pierce    |    Apr 27, 2010 06:21 AM

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