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Keeping kids safe

School bus evacuation drills are an important part of student safe practices training. Bus safety rules and expectations should be provided parents and students before students are permitted to ride the buses. Evacuation drills presented as a class activity hands-on event, then ongoing rider safety training should be continued on the routes throughout the school year. This report looks at various approaches to evacuation drill training as part of a package toward further training

By James Kraemer.
Presenting this story is not an endorsement by 2safeschools membership 'for' or 'against' this issue. Kraemer's commentary is provided for educational and informational purposes only.
2004, by 2safeschools.org, all rights reserved. This specific story, "Evacuation Drills: An important step toward keeping kids safe," may be published, broadcasted, edited for brevity, punctuation and grammar errors and redistributed, provided credit and a link to 2safeschools is appropriately captioned. Editor's should send notice of use to 2safeschools Permissions.

Evacuation Drills: An important step toward keeping kids safe

The Nation - School bus evacuation drills have been a part of riding the school bus in some areas for nearly as long as school buses have been around. School Bus Safety Week, organized in California by Dick Fischer, became a national program in 1970.

As the industry evolved training information on emergency evacuation from school buses were developed by the federal government and the pupil transportation industry.

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VCSC Photo - Steps to safety
Students gather to learn steps to school bus safety - Vigo County School Corporation Terre Haute, Indiana. (VCSC Photos)
In 1972 the NHTSA published "Pupil Transportation Safety," (Standard No. 17), requiring students that ride the school buses to participate in emergency evacuation drills twice per school year. This requirement was later changed to "guidelines" and recommendations.

An e-comment to 2safeschools from Susan Kirinich, NHTSA Pedestrian and School Transportation Programs wrote, "School bus evacuation drills became much more common after a couple of terrible crashes in the 1980s where children died because they couldn't get out of a burning bus or one that had overturned in water."

According to Kirinich, "evacuation drills are determined by state and local regulations. There is no federal requirement."
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Some schools devote a few hours per day for an entire week to safety at school and on the school bus. A few have various versions of the "Safety Town," a program started in 1937 by Mansfield (Ohio) Police Officer Frend C. Boals and Mrs. Ruth Robbins-Idle, where kids learn about home, school, school bus and other community safety training. School classes often include creative bus safety training, videos and class projects.

Yet, at many schools student bus evacuation training may be less than 20 minutes once or twice a year. These schools often simply meet minimum state standards and leave it at that. No requirement - evacuation traning may be ignored.

"A December 2003 survey of State Directors of Transportation [reported] only 15 States require that students who ride buses for extracurricular functions receive pretrip safety information and only 9 States require physical demonstration of the operation of emergency exits." Source: NTSB Safety Recommendation H-04-06

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A new CD for 2safeschools members is packed with over 500 files covering a wide variety of school bus and bus stop safety information. This CD provides solid information and training ideas to help the school bus driver provide calm, safe environments on the school bus. Over 150 free photos included on this CD, along with several video previews covering student behavior issues, crossings, mirror checks and much more. Click here for more information.
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Death at the school bus stopJames Kraemer, author of the pending book, "Dangerous school buses," has put together excerpts into a free booklet (PDF format) titled, "Death at the school bus stop." Right click here (save target as...) to download your free template, courtesy First Coast Community.

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Kids make school bus safety video A nine minute video produced by kids is one of the most impressive 2safeschools has received for review. This short, informative video, produced by the Minneapolis, MN, KARE-11 TV "Whatever" show", teaches school bus safety on the bus, at bus stops and at school. It is so well done both kids and adults can relate comfortably to the abundance of information provided in the video. KARE-11 has received requests for the video from six countries throughout the world. Click Here to send an Email to Laurie Boyce at KARA 11: [email protected] | More School Bus Technology/Comments .
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The Spider-Man movie opening scene includes a school bus scene adequate for school bus student safe practices discussion. The scene has been captured in wmf/mpeg format and includes slides for classroom discussion. Included on 2safeschools school bus safety CD, the review and slide presentation in Internet format can be downloaded free by Clicking Here. | Free death at the school bus stop Slide Presentation and Booklet templates.

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The School Bus - Safety Ignored
In some countries there are no enforced transportation standards, other than what nature provides. Death is a common standard nature provides. Click here for story.
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