5 safety tips for school start from Calif. DOE

Posted on August 16, 2011
This danger zone diagram from the California Department of Education can be downloaded via the link in the article.
This danger zone diagram from the California Department of Education can be downloaded via the link in the article.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the start of the new school year, state pupil transportation officials are working to make sure that school bus drivers stay focused on proper procedures.

The California Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation (OST) distributed a list of tips to aid in maintaining the safety of the state’s school bus passengers.

“These reminders should help bus driver instructors and transportation administrators put several safety-related matters on the radar screen early in the school year,” OST said in an e-mail.

1. Have drivers check their buses after each run to ascertain if sleeping children are on board. Remind drivers to walk their bus regularly.

2. Start preparing for your annual bus evacuation drills. Remember, all children who receive home-to-school transportation in grades pre-K to 8 shall participate in this exercise.

3. Drivers are prohibited from using hand-held wireless devices (e.g., cell phones) while the bus is in motion. No talking or texting while driving.

4. Share the 12-foot danger zone diagram with your staff and enlarge copies for children to read.

5. Proper loading/unloading procedures for children must be utilized at each approved school bus stop.


Related Topics: California, driver training

Comments ( 1 )
  • Claudio Roque

     | about 6 years ago

    In my country is now mandatory that a tutor should help the driver at all times after an incident in where the bus was in a stop where it could not complete the turn, and a child drop its cel Ph very close to the rear right wheels, the driver backed up while the child was picking its phone crushing his head... IN FRONT OF THE CHILDS PARENTS, CLASMATES!!!!!!

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