Head Start bus drivers and monitors are important to the success of Head Start since they often form relationships with the children and parents on their routes. Transportation supervisors may use this resource to train transportation personnel.
Each year, approximately 4,000 train/vehicle collisions occur at railroad crossings. In an effort to avert these types of crashes, the National Safety Council has recommended specific procedures for school bus drivers. Head Start grantees and delegates need to note that these recommendations must be considered within the context of individual state laws and regulations.
Transportation staff should have an emergency evacuation plan, which considers the individual capabilities and needs of each student, and the type of behavior, which might be exhibited during an emergency evacuation. Program directors and transportation personnel can use these guidelines when developing their local emergency plan and procedures.
Local child care programs that provide transportation services need a plan that clearly defines the roles of all staff when an accident or other emergency occurs. Program directors and transportation staff can use the recommendations listed in this tip sheet when establishing emergency procedures, specifically, vehicle evacuation.
Idling school buses pollute the air. The National Idle-Reduction Campaign seeks to show the important role of the school bus driver in learning how to reduce diesel emission and improve air quality.
In addition to meeting the general staff background check standards, any driver or transportation staff member who transports children for any purpose should meet certain requirements. The driver's license number and date of expiration, vehicle insurance information, and verification of current state vehicle inspection should be on file in the facility.
All drivers whether employed by a Head Start program, a school district, a private contractor, or other agency must adhere to safety requirements while driving young children. Program directors and transportation coordinators can use this resource to observe the driving performance of bus driver personnel.