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Scholar/Student driver education program:

Your School transport effectively is a mobile class room and should enjoy the same Security and Safety measures which are found at your premises.

 

Leonard Tadford, founder of “The School Transport Corporation” is a seasoned and registered Security Practitioner with in excess of 35 years security experience.

Many school bus drivers have not received adequate training, and in some cases any training at all, on dealing with school transport safety threats. In addition to physical threat of attack and Hi-Jacking, student misconduct, irate parents also pose a concern to school bus drivers.

Heightened awareness about physical attacks and Hi-Jacking, also should include recognition that buses are becoming regular soft targets in recent times.

Today it is no longer “If” but rather “When” will an attack be experienced. As is the case in our schools, our school bus drivers must be aware and prepared, but not scared!

School bus driver training is to include, but not be limited to, training on personal safety, parental custody issues, crimes (vandalism, theft, assault), hijackings, and possession of dangerous materials or weapons. All school bus drivers should complete a security training program.

Issues of security and emergency planning for school transportation officials include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish pre-employment screening and interviewing protocols for new bus drivers.
  • Provide comprehensive training on student behavior management, discipline procedures, working with special education and special needs students, dealing with irate parents, security and emergency preparedness, applicable laws, and associated issues for all transportation staff, including newly hired drivers.
  • Conduct school security assessments, including physical security assessments, of school bus depots and associated school transportation facilities. Also train drivers on physical security issues related to bus units.
  • Employ the effective use of technology, such as two-way communications capabilities and surveillance cameras, on school buses.
  • Establish guidelines related to safety and emergency planning, including emergency communications procedures, for all field trips.
  • Establish emergency preparedness guidelines from an “all hazards” approach, covering both natural disasters (weather related, for example) and manmade acts of crime and violence.
  • Develop emergency contingency plans, with both neighbouring schools, and the broader community in mind. How would you mobilize buses in a major community emergency?
  • Create guidelines and train school bus drivers on dealing with intervening in student fights and conflicts on buses, irate parents, potential trespassers aboard buses, student threat assessment, early warning signs of potential violence, and related threats.
  • Train school bus drivers and transportation supervisors on potential physical attack, heightened awareness at bus stops and while driving, increased observations skills while coming and going at schools, sharpening skills in reporting incidents, etc.
  • Include school transportation supervisors and school bus drivers in school emergency planning processes and meetings.
  • Train school bus drivers on interacting with public safety officials aboard buses, at accident scenes, in on-road emergencies, and when emergency situations exist at schools. Include protocols for dealing with school evacuations, student release procedures, family reunification issues, and associated matters.
  • Have student rosters, emergency contact numbers, first aid kits, and other necessary emergency information and equipment aboard all buses.
  • Make school buses available to local law enforcement, SAPS teams, and other public safety officials for their training exercises.
  • Put identifiers (numbers, district initials, etc.) on top of all school buses that could be used to identify specific buses from police helicopters overhead in an emergency.
  • Hold periodic meetings during the school year between bus drivers and school administrators to discuss discipline procedures, safety practices, and associated issues.
  • Provide a method for parents to identify substitute bus drivers as district employees prior to putting children on a school bus with an unfamiliar driver.
  • Practice emergency exercises to evaluate and refine written emergency plans to make sure that what is in writing could actually work in a real emergency. Drivers, like personnel working in a school, need to be prepared for quick thinking on their feet in an emergency, such as having to re-route due to adverse weather or due to an emerging emergency situation at a school or bus stop.

These and other practices can help school bus drivers and school transportation staff become better prepared for safer travel with our students.

The School Transport Corporation is an association specialising in Scholar Transportation and associated specialising in the School and Education Sector.

We provide:

  • School bus security and safety training
  • Real time live feed camera monitoring equipment
  • School bus monitoring and dispatch software and services
  • Two-Way “Legal for use by driver” radio communication
  • Physical escorts on “High Risk” trips and excursions
    • Paramedical service available
    • Vehicle suitable for extrication and transport of single patient if needed

Leonard can be contacted on 083 590 1807 or email at info@tstc.co.za

Services provided in following areas:

Southern Africa

South Africa Namibia Botswana Swaziland