The Alabama driver reportedly skips students’ bus stops due to disruptive behavior. He is let go for not following proper protocol and demonstrating poor student management.
The New Jersey driver reportedly makes some wrong turns while taking kindergartners home. He is let go for not conducting a practice run on the route before the first day of school.
A Florida bus driver who refused to let students deboard until medical help arrived for an injured student despite parents’ demands was following policy, district officials say.
A New Jersey superintendent’s call to fire Gaye Kish for using her phone, having a friend board her bus, and taking a bathroom break during her route is rejected by the board of education. Kish cites a medical condition as the reason for taking the break.
The State Board of Education reviews proposed updates to safety regulations, including a lifetime ban on working as a school bus driver for a person convicted of a crime involving a child.
Students claim the Tennessee driver played the game while driving, and she is placed on leave. Bus video reportedly shows no evidence of that, but it does show her letting a parent board the bus.
A North Carolina bus driver waits five minutes for students to board and then resumes the route. The mother of one of the students is trying to press charges against the driver, but the district says the driver followed protocol.
After a bus driver is caught on video texting while driving students, Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools adds to its policy an amendment that would lead to a driver being suspended, demoted or terminated for the offense.
Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.
The state’s board of education approved policy revisions requiring bus drivers to use hand signals to help students safely cross the street and for student safety training to be documented.
The state Department of Education is considering a rule next year that would prohibit school bus drivers from having unopened containers of alcohol in their vehicles after students found their driver's unopened beer on the bus. Currently, there is no state law that prohibits this.
In the February issue, Executive Editor Thomas McMahon described an incident in which a school bus driver was charged with illegally passing another school bus. He asked readers to tell us how they would respond to such an incident at their operation, and what offenses lead to immediate termination.
Before the start of the school year, Harford County Public Schools sets up an elaborate range of obstacles to test its bus drivers. Learning from past accidents and mastering difficult maneuvers are key steps to maximizing safety.