Coleen Gaither of North Carolina loses control of the bus and later passes away despite efforts of students and first responders to save her. She had been employed by Davie County Schools since 1977.
The five West Virginia drivers and a school nurse receive certificates from their county board of education for tending to three motorists whose car hydroplaned and rolled over.
Jean McKeag uses her recent training to give the Heimlich maneuver to a boy who is choking on a piece of candy. The boy’s mother writes a thank-you note, and gives McKeag flowers and a gift card.
The Florida driver and aide say they were unable to help a student who had a seizure and later died because they had no CPR training. The district says they had a recent refresher course.
Drivers and other employees rotate through 10 stations that include live fires for fire extinguisher training, evacuation of smoke-filled buses, CPR, and first aid.
Amyhia Draper of Nebraska sees the boy begin to have a seizure and she and another student turn him on his side. She learned what to do in such situations from her mother, a daycare professional.
Anthony Corona of California, who had autism, lost consciousness and died after an episode in which he became agitated. The bus driver and aides reportedly tried to calm him, performed CPR, and called 911.
Terriel Price of Houston Independent School District uses her CPR, first aid, and cardiopulmonary training, provided by the district’s transportation department, after driver Liliam Lemus falls ill.
The Lawson Class A ANSI Certified First Aid Kit now comes with scissors, an update designed to meet the new ANSI standard that went into effect on June 17.
Ginger Maxville of Oklahoma realizes a 5-year-old student is choking, uses her CPR training, and performs the Heimlich maneuver on him, and he coughs up a penny.
Alerted by students that one of their peers was in distress, Yvonne Wilson performed a one-handed Heimlich maneuver on the girl, dislodging a piece of hard candy from her throat.
Houston Independent School District is recognized by District Administration magazine for its bus tracking, safety and fleet greening programs.
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”