Transporting Children with Disabilities
Criteria are identified to assist Head Start agencies in evaluating candidates for Bus Driver. Local needs must be considered when a program establishes its own transportation services.
In order to stress the importance of proper driver training, especially in the area of loading and unloading procedures, the National Safety Council recommends that each state adopt appropriate driver training instructions that include such procedures. Program directors can refer to these recommendations to ensure that this training is available to drivers. Program directors are also encouraged to consult their state transportation authorities for further information.
The Top 25 Action Items identify the most important elements that school bus operations can incorporate into their security plans. Program staff can use this tip sheet when developing plans for emergency preparedness, as it relates to transporting young children. These items are based on effective school practices identified by a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Local programs that offer transportation services must provide training for parents and children on pedestrian safety and riding practices. Program directors and staff can refer to this resource to further their understanding of what must be emphasized in transportation and pedestrian safety education of children and parents. The training provided to children must be developmentally appropriate and an integral part of their program's experiences.