Driving a school bus filled with the most precious cargo to and from school is very challenging and comes with great responsibility. This is why safety has always been our number one priority.
We want to ensure your child has the safest experience on the road as possible. In order for this to happen, our Safety Department makes sure we follow all New York State Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.
In addition, we implement our own safety policies into our company handbook, as well as perform random road observations recurring all throughout the year.
All employees undergo various training programs and must meet certain requirements in order to become a highly qualified member of our team. Some training programs and pre requisites drivers/attendants must pass include but are not limited to:
- Basic 30 hour course
- Pre-Service Orientation
- Defensive Driving Course
- On-Going Safety Meetings
- Physical Examinations
- Pre-employment as well as ongoing drug and alcohol tests
- Fingerprinting and Criminal Background check
- Clean DMV Record
- Annual Review of Driving Record
- Defensive Driving Review
- Advanced Driving Course
- Basic Attendant/Monitor Course
- Biannual Written and Road Test
- Physical Performance Test
- Spring and Fall Refresher Courses
In addition to doing our part, it is important that children and parents are aware of a few tips and rules to follow when entering, exiting and riding the school bus.
- Avoid the danger zone, which is 15 feet around the entire vehicle.
- Don’t run towards the bus as it approaches
- If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus by at least 10 feet so the driver can see you. Check traffic both ways
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Always stay seated while bus is in motion
- No hands, arms, or heads should hang out the windows
- Be at the bus stop on time
- Do not wait in the street
- Always hold the handrail when entering and exiting
- Be courteous and listen to the bus driver
- Absolutely no smoking
- Help keep the bus clean
- No eating on the bus – other kids may be allergic or you could choke
For any questions or concerns regarding safety, please contact our Safety Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.