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June 17, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Share your safety tips


SBF wants your contributions for a forthcoming article on ways to enhance safety at school bus operations.

The feature will consist of a variety of tips – whether they’re big or small, old or new. We plan to cover a wide range of safety areas, including on the bus, during loading/unloading, in the bus lot and in the garage.

We’re counting on including lots of submissions from all across the pupil transportation industry, so don’t hesitate to share your ideas with us.

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Continued - No driver or monitor, not one, can guarantee he or she will never miss a sleeping child. Free post check mini posters and labels are available at the same SBF forum link above. BUS STOP DANGERS: No place more dangerous riding the bus to and from school than at the bus stop. It is shocking that in most years more children are run over by their own school bus than are run over by all other vehicle types and drivers styles combined. Yet, you hear little about that from this industry or in the press. Get an earful from this free eBook, 'Death at the school bus stop,' by James Kraemer. Available at the same Forum link above. Yes, it's free.

James Kraemer    |    Jul 18, 2010 04:46 PM

STAY ON TASK: Do not allow disruptive children or others to distract you from the essentials. Establish a safe, calm environment before leaving the school. Offer a warning to children that refuse to follow directions, to the bullies and otherwise disruptive children. When the misbehavior continues offer a seat change, to wait outside the bus, and when necessary an escort to the school office to resolve the issue prior to riding a school bus again, this while the bus proceeds on schedule. Fast tracking to safer environments for children and hostile free workplaces for the bus drivers includes staying on task. A complete slide presentation with class materials is available free to use in self study, training, and for presentations to school boards. Go to this page in the SBF forums, then to post #14: CHILDREN LEFT SLEEPING: Some 100,000 children have been left sleeping on the school buses over the past two decades, probably more. Although a child left sleeping is a missed procedure issue, not a safety issue, this one missed procedure is the one that brings outrageousness to new highs with each passing year. From: "No harm - No foul" to, "Leave a child, Leave Laidlaw" to, "Leave a child - Go to prison," and now also fines up to $500.00 these days. All that and this issue continues to plague this industry. Check that bus at every school, at every large off road stop, at the end of every route prior to returning to the bus depot or other parking area, and after parking the bus. Insist that an inexpensive child-check reminder system is as important on every school bus as a speedometer, fuel gauge, the alert that happens in some vehicles when the vehicle’s keys are about to be left behind, and other device helpers.. Where this least essential child-check device is disputed know also those are the same people that likely will help lynch you in the event you miss a sleeping child. No driver or monitor, not o

James Kraemer    |    Jul 18, 2010 04:43 PM

I can keep this short and simple; I believe the single greatest action we can take to dramatically improve school bus safety is school bus driver's WELL trained in student management. When students wait for their school bus driver's signal to cross the road (for example), accidents and near accidents would be greatly reduced. Students who are required to remain seated until the school bus comes to a complete stopm - and THEN are given permission by the by the school bus driver to rise and exit will be safer. We can't control what other drivers in their cars will do, but we have a great measure of control about what to do to save our children from them!

Dan Bartelt    |    Jun 21, 2010 04:01 PM

A concept I would promote is always count and re-coount the students getting off the bus. I realise this is practical only for smaller use stops, where many on the bus do not unload at one location. Two years ago, I had a close-call and queasy feeling incident. Omn a quiet residential steet 4 sisters got off as usual and were almost done their far-side, leave the bus crossing. I had the 7 ton 72 passenger rewving slightly and was about to realease the brake but a "red flag" safety-tip hit me. Four got off and only 3 sisters wsere walking up their driveawy! With that the 4th, sister (eldest one too) ran past the bumper of my bus in the blindspot. It seems she took a momentary keen interest in the neighbours' recycling pile curbside by the bus but behind its door. It taught me to be very carefull verify the off counts and check all blind areas before proceeding. Kids do not always follow the safety warninngs we lecture on each year. (just some chaep advice I'd like to pass along)

MGG    |    Jun 18, 2010 08:40 AM

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