According to Bergstrom, testing found that the Cool Zone system cooled a bus five minutes faster than what is required by Florida and Texas state specs.
By Cheryl Wolf
Students with disabilities are an ever-growing population that is being transported on school buses. The vast range of disabilities and severity dictate that the school bus drivers who transport these students daily have proper training.
[IMAGE]406[/IMAGE]The School Bus Safety Co. has created a driver training course designed specifically for those who transport our most vulnerable students. There are seven titles in the program: Legislation Overview, Transportation Challenges, Types of Special Needs, Lifts and Mobility Devices, Securement, Emergency Evacuations and Balancing Needs.
The course can be used as designed or integrated into existing training programs. Also included are a trainer’s guide, a driver/aide study guide, a driver’s job aid and a final exam.
This program is a great resource for training school bus drivers who will transport students with disabilities. It is designed to be taught over the course of a few days. To do it in one sitting would be overwhelming to the trainees due to the large amount of information that is provided.
Throughout the presentation, there are breaks for drivers to ask questions and also cover the discussion questions provided in the trainer's guide. After the course is finished, the driver’s job aid can be put on the bus as an easy reference guide and step-by-step reminder of the best practices learned for transporting students with disabilities.
This is an excellent training course, and every school district would benefit in using it to train their bus drivers to be professional, responsible and safe transporters of our students with disabilities.
For more information on the Transporting Students With Special Needs program, go here.
A combination of wheelchair and occupant restraints and a headrest and backrest is designed to stabilize passengers in the event of a rear-end collision.
The company receives a score of 100% from Michigan State Police for its fleet of 25 buses that serve Royal Oak School District.
All school bus drivers and aides in the state have to go through the training program, which was mandated by a bill passed last year.
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Ten-year-old Alex Perez of New Jersey sees smoke coming from the bus engine and yells to get the bus driver’s attention. All passengers are evacuated from the bus with no serious injuries.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 1072, also known as the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law,” which will require all school buses in the state to be equipped with child-check reminder alarm systems and for bus drivers to be trained on those systems.
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The nonprofit organization calls for “uniform child passenger safety practices across multiple modes of transportation, including school buses, airplanes, and personal vehicles.”