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The Green Apple School Association believes that the safety and security of the children who ride the school bus are the first priorities in student transportation.

Students’ Transport safety is our prime concern and we strive hard to make school transport a learning experience. We seek the support of the parents, the school faculty and the public to ensure the safety of our students while in the bus or at the parking zones. We can only ensure the safety of our students if, all concerned fulfill their responsibilities

Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance

School bus drivers conduct daily safety inspections and report all mechanical issues to the maintenance personnel. At the start of each day, drivers inspect their vehicle before it leaves the school premises. They read instruments and gauges, perform routine tests, and confirm proper mirror adjustments. The inspection is recorded in a vehicle logbook to prevent and minimize mechanical breakdowns. Post-trip inspections are performed to verify that every child has exited the bus at the appropriate stop.

Operational Policies and Procedures

School has established emergency contingency plans in the event of a crash, school closure, route change or unexpected medical situation.

School Bus Safety Rules

Stringent procedures are followed by our school bus drivers on a daily basis for boarding and unboarding of children. This is one of the most important responsibilities of the driver as most incidents occur outside the bus as frequent stops are made on each route. Education and awareness about the correct way to enter and exit the bus, cross the street and to stay away from the “danger zone” is crucial to child safety.

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Key safety messages taught to children about the “danger zone” include the following:

·   If you can touch the bus, you are too close. 

·   Use 10 GIANT STEPS to take yourself out of the danger zone. 

·   Be sure that you can see the driver and that the driver could see you. 

·   If you drop anything in the danger zone, never stop to pick it up. 

·    Ask an adult or the driver to help.

Passenger Capacity

For maximum protection, seating is adjusted according to the size of the passengers being transported. The number of passengers in a school bus never exceeds the bus manufacturer’s designed seating capacity.

Routes

School boards determine the bus stop locations along each route very carefully. The routes are determined by set criteria including distances between stops and to major intersections, posted speed limits, types of roadways, etc. School bus drivers are responsible for making sure each student is picked up and dropped off at the assigned stop location.

The amount of time a child rides the school bus is also considered. Ride times have a direct link to student success. It has been found that if a student spends more than an hour in a bus there is a reduction in achievement in standardized test scores. This trend was confirmed in a recent study that found very long rides reduced students’ sleep time, recreational time, academic attentiveness, and extracurricular participation