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FirstBus Safety Program
Loading and Unloading Safely
Mustafa Abdullah Safety & Training Instructor
Girl hit by school bus diesKLTV, TX – September 4, 2004 HOUSTON A four-year-old girl has been killed after being struck by a school bus as she and her father met her brother who was arriving home from school. Authorities say Fatima Romero's brother had just walked off the school bus when the accident happened in front of the family's southwest Harris County home yesterday afternoon. The girl was walking next to her father while he waited for his son and other neighborhood children to get off the bus. After the boy exited, the bus began to drive away, striking Fatima. Authorities say the vehicle was probably traveling at less than five miles per hour.
More students are killed while getting on or off a school bus each year than are killed as passengers inside of a school bus. As a result, knowing what to do before, during and after loading or unloading students is critical. This presentation will give you procedures to help you avoid unsafe conditions which could result in injuries and or fatalities during and after loading or unloading students.
After having been in school all day under strict supervision, students usually have a lot of pent up energy. They are ready to release that energy, and are not always paying attention to what is going on around them.
School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the nation - nearly 2,000 times safer than the family car. Accidents are rare because school districts work hard to train drivers to avoid getting into accidents. In addition, the buses themselves are designed to withstand all but the most serious crashes without death or serious injury. With continued training to help children learn how to get on and off the bus safely – we can help prevent the remaining few accidents that now occur. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside a bus than inside one. The child who bends over to retrieve a dropped school paper, or who walks too close to the bus while crossing the street, needs to be aware that every yellow school bus is surrounded by a danger zone.SCHOOL BUS SAFETY GUIDE
Children should be taught to escape from that zone by taking five giant steps as soon as they leave the bus. If they must cross the street after exiting, tell them to cross in front of the bus - and to be sure they're able to maintain eye contact with the driver.
Perhaps the most difficult thing to teach children, especially young children, is not to go back to pick up items they've dropped near the bus, or left on the bus.
Parents and other adults must also do their part. For instance, most motorists need to learn to share the road with school buses and stop when the bus stops to take on or let off passengers. If we all do our part - if motorists heed school bus warning lights, bus drivers drive defensively, parents help their children learn to ride safely and children learn to avoid the bus's danger zone - it can be safer still to ride to and from school in that yellow bus.
*How can we help inform motorists and parents?
All stops must be approved by the transportation department, never change the location of a bus stop, or add a stop without approval from the transportation department.
You must use extreme caution when approaching a school bus stop. You are in a very demanding situation when entering these areas. It is critical that you understand and follow all state and local laws and regulations regarding approaching a school bus stop. This involves the proper use of mirrors, warning lights and stop arm.
When approaching the stop you should:
SAFE LOADING PROCEDURES five giant steps as soon as they leave the bus. If they must cross the street after exiting, tell them to cross in front of the bus - and to be sure they're able to maintain eye contact with the driver.
Perform a safe stop as described in the previous slide.
Students should wait in a designated location facing the bus as it approaches.
Students should board the bus only when signaled by the driver.
MonitorALL mirrors continuously.
Students should form a line and load single file with no pushing.
When it issafe, move the bus to enter traffic flow and continue the route.
Geting off the bus board the bus.
When it is safe, move the bus, enter the traffic flow and continue the route.
Note: If you miss a student’s drop-off stop, DO NOT BACK-UP. You must circle back around and drop the student off at their location.
You must know what students should do when exiting a school bus and crossing the street in front of the bus. In addition you must understand that students might not always do what they are supposed to do. If a student must cross the roadway, they should follow these procedures:
Upon your signal the student should:
Always Cross In Front should:
The Top Three
Discuss the Danger Zone
Dropped or forgotten objects: should:
Always focus on students as they approach the bus and watch for any who disappear from sight. Students may drop an object near the bus during loading or unloading. Stopping to pick up the object, may cause the student to disappear from the driver’s sight at a very dangerous moment. Students should be told to leave any dropped object and move to a point of safety out of the danger zone and attempt to get the driver’s attention to retrieve the object.
Handrail Hang-ups: should:Students have been injured or killed when clothing, accessories, or even parts of their body get caught in the handrail or door as they exited the bus. You should closely observe all students exiting the bus to confirm that they are in a safe location prior to moving the bus.
Crossing behind the bus:Do not allow students to go behind the bus before crossing the roadway.
Attendants can prevent a tragedy by:
Children can be sluggish and un-attentive during the early morning, lending themselves to careless actions
To escort them off the bus. If no one is there
Special attention must be given to the child
When they are disembarking from the bus.
Why?Safe Unloading Procedures in the Afternoon
If they have to cross the road
After having to sit still in class all day, children tend to be excited and more active, they are more likely to bolt and run from the bus
1. You have to drive a large vehicle in all kinds of
weather and traffic conditions
2. You have to manage the students on the bus
3. You have to contend with the other drivers on
4. And you have to work with parents and teachers
and school officials and each other
But the greatest challenge you have is getting your
students on and off the bus safely
Loading and unloading is the most dangerous time
for a school bus driver and for students
die in school bus-related crashes
2. Nearly two-thirds of school-age children (about 26) killed in school bus-related crashes each year are killed outside the bus
And, two-thirds of that 26 (about 15) are
killed by school buses
3. Half of all school-age pedestrians killed in
school bus-related crashes are 5-7 years old
of the bus
And most are killed during the day in clear
That’s pretty scary
In most cases, students are killed or injured by
their own bus
And, not only is the driver legally responsible, but
he or she will have to live with that experience
for a lifetime