Although we all agree that the motoring public needs to be more cautious, bus drivers can also help mitigate the number of dangerous incidents by following safe and consistent loading and unloading practices.
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, founder of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute and Safety Rules, talks about the need to improve driver training, ways to curtail stop-arm running, and his take on some recent National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations.
A California driver trainer details safe practices for loading and unloading. Those include executing steps consistently, practicing precise timing with lights and the door, and escorting students as they cross roadways.
Industry experts share advice for promoting proper sleep health, from monitoring driver hours to performing consistent wellness checks.
Approximately 300 drivers and bus monitors from four of the state’s school districts participate in a training designed to help pupil transporters respond to challenging student behavior on the bus using trauma-informed practices.
The federal agency announces plans to delay certain Entry Level Driver Training rule provisions and bans drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial vehicle.
The state’s Department of Education passes an amendment to a rule addressing instructions on special care for students that requires the certified training. All drivers and aides must receive it by Nov. 1, 2020.
While many students used to return to class right after Labor Day, some now embark on a new school year as early as late July. That means getting preparation plans solidified even earlier to take the stress out of that school-start kickoff.
Knowing which responses to difficult behaviors are escalators of the situation and which are de-escalators is the key to crisis intervention and conflict management.
Some Carmel Clay Schools elementary school teachers are being trained to drive routes before and after the school day this upcoming school year, and will receive $18,000 to do so.
The state Department of Education recognizes 16 school districts for their commitment to ensuring safe and efficient student transportation.
Four of the state's school bus drivers will participate in the international competition.
Taking a personal approach, avoiding a punitive tone, and providing handouts in a well-documented retraining program can help get struggling school bus drivers on track.