Program directors and transportation coordinators can use this resource to observe the driving performance of bus drivers.
Bus drivers and monitors are crucial for the success of Head Start programs. In addition to safely transporting children, they help represent the program to parents and the larger community. Use these resources to hire, manage, and train transportation staff.
Use these resources to improve communication and safety practices throughout your program’s transportation system.
Use these resources to build a safe and cost-effective transportation system that is compliant with regulations and responsive to your community’s needs.
Use these resources to manage and train transportation staff and create safe, nurturing learning environments on buses and other modes of transportation.
Consider these criteria and regulations when selecting and training Head Start bus drivers and monitors.
Use this checklist to maintain a comprehensive transportation system that is safe, cost effective, and compliant with state and federal regulations.
It is never safe for a child to be in or around a vehicle without adult supervision. During the warmer months of the year, unattended children left in cars are more likely to suffer heat-related illnesses. Children also may suffer injury when playing alone around parked vehicles. Program staff and parents can use this resource to learn more about car safety practices that keep young children healthy.
Families depend on programs to keep their children safe at all times. This includes when they travel to and from the program by bus. This sample sign-in sheet has a written attendance log that staff and family members can sign every time a child gets on and off the bus. There is also a space on the sheet for a photo of each child. The photos help staff with name-to-face recognition, so they always release the right child to an authorized adult. These simple injury prevention strategies can help staff account for all children who ride the bus.
Consider these strategies that help children learn socialization skills and develop safe behaviors on the bus.
Consider these strategies as you prepare for vehicle evacuation drills.