8414 - School Bus Safety

 

Adoption Date: 2/8/2003, Revised: 2/14/2013 
8000 - Support Services

8414 School Bus Safety

The safe transportation of students to and from school is of primary concern in the administration of the school bus program. All state laws and regulations pertaining to the safe use of school buses shall be observed by drivers, students and school personnel.

The Director of Transportation, in cooperation with the building principals, has the responsibility of developing and publishing safety rules to be followed by drivers and passengers, including rules of student conduct. In order to ensure maximum safety to those riding school buses, it is necessary that students and drivers cooperate in this effort. There is no substitute for training to develop safe habits in pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

All buses and other vehicles owned and operated by the District will have frequent safety inspections, and will be serviced regularly. The Director of Transportation will maintain a comprehensive record of all maintenance performed on each vehicle.

Every bus driver is required to report promptly any school bus accident involving death, injury, or property damage. All accidents, regardless of damage involved, must be reported at once to the Director of Transportation.

Bus Emergency Drills

The Board of Education directs the administration to conduct a minimum of three (3) emergency drills to be held on each school bus during the school year. The first drill is to be conducted during the first week of the fall term, the second between November 1 and December 31, and the third between March 1 and April 30.

Each drill shall include instruction in all topics mandated by the Education Law and the Commissioner's Regulations and shall include, but will not be limited to, the following:

1. Safe boarding and exiting procedures.

2. The location, use and operation of the emergency door, fire extinguishers, first-aid equipment and windows as a means of escape in case of fire or accident;

3. Orderly conduct as bus passengers.

Such instruction and the conduct of the drills shall be given by a member of the teaching or student transportation staff selected by the building principal of each school. Instructors will be assisted by the bus driver.

Students who ordinarily walk to school shall also be included in drills or as an alternative, shall be provided with classroom instruction covering the content of such drills.

No drills shall be conducted when buses are en route.

The Superintendent shall certify on the annual report to the State Education Department that the District has complied with the above requirements.

Policy References:
Education Law §§2; 1501-b; 1502; 3602(7)(b); 3623; 3625-a; 3636
8 NYCRR §156.3(h)

Policy Cross References:
 » 8416 - Special Use of School Buses