Safety

Safety Guide

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 authorities and the public to ensure the safety of our students while on the bus and at the parking zones. We can ensure the safety of our students if all concerned fulfill their responsibilities.

Seven Stars School Transportation sets the tone for the safe transportation of children. Clear and concise policy statements are made and adopted by SSSBT. SSSBT adheres to all the bus specifications and safety measures prescribed by the Road and Transport Authority. They are responsible for :

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the transport system of each school.
  • Preparation of policies and procedures and effective implementation.
  • School bus routing efficiency audit.
  • Routing and logistics solutions.
  • Stringent recruitment procedure.
  • Continuous Professional Development. Every driver goes through pre-service training of 30 hours, bi-annual in-service training and regular CPD programmes.
  • Monitoring of the Drivers - The Training Team monitors the performance of the drivers on their skills and attitudes.
  • Monitoring of the vehicles through GPS. The Control Room at SSSBT monitors the movement of the vehicle and the driving pattern of the drivers round the clock.
  • Deployment of buses with specification prescribed by RTA / local authorities.
  • Expert and high quality in-house maintenance of buses. Regular inspection of buses by the Fleet Inspectors.
  • Ensure the highest standards in all aspects of school transportation.

The Head of School –

  • Create awareness of road safety and bus safety amongst the students through various activities.
  • Should be aware of the seating plan of students in the buses, details of the routes and the time taken for picking-up and dropping-off of children.
  • Must enforce rules and regulations concerning transportation of pupils to enable the bus drivers to effectively perform their duties. When cases of indiscipline, damage of buses or any misbehavior are brought to the attention take necessary disciplinary action including suspension of the student from the bus service.
  • Routing and logistics solutions.
  • Provide a safe environment in the bus parking zone.
  • Provide necessary training to the conductors/ bus supervisors to take care of the students, to take their attendance in every trip and also etiquettes and manners in dealing with parents and students.
  • Teachers and administration staff of schools must be present at the parking zone to ensure safety of children when they arrive and depart.

The Teachers –

  • It should be mandatory that students are provided instructions in school on bus safety and receives one evacuation procedure through Civil Defense at least once a year. Teachers have a golden opportunity to reinforce safety instruction and material in the classroom. Lessons can be geared around transportation according to grade level. Students can be asked to write compositions expressing feelings, reactions and concerns about transportation. Class discussions are beneficial. It just needs a little imagination and effort. Teachers can do some seemingly small things that will help to prevent accidents.
  • Send students on time for buses. Let them not run to catch buses.
  • Teachers should discourage students carry bulky projects or instruments that might block aisles.
  • Speak positively to students about transportation safety.
  • Teachers should have a good knowledge of local rules and regulations regarding transportation.

Students must bear their share of responsibility for safety while travelling in school buses. The privilege of any student to ride a school bus is conditioned upon their good behavior and observance of the rules and regulations set forth by the school and transport operator. Certain levels of conduct are expected of any and all students riding the bus. All students shall conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the safe transportation of all. No conduct will be tolerated that will in any way cause distraction of a driver’s attention that might result in unsafe operation of the bus. Students are expected to respect the authority of the bus driver and obey his/her instructions. If the rules are followed, all concerned can expect to have a safe bus trip.

While Waiting To Board the Bus –

  • Arrive at your assigned bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of the bus. The driver cannot wait for you.
  • Do not play in the path of traffic and stand well away from the road when the bus approaches.
  • Remember the danger zone around the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to touch it. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  • Do not damage other people’s property while waiting for the bus.
  • Avoid making excessive noise.
  • Fighting at bus stops and on the way to and from school should be avoided.
  • Never run alongside the bus when the bus is moving. Wait until the bus stops and the driver signals and then walk to the door and board the bus in an orderly manner. DO NOT PUSH OR SHOVE.

While Riding On the Bus –

  • Obey the driver’s instructions. The driver of a school bus is in complete charge of students while they are on the bus. Complaints regarding discipline on the bus will be taken to the Principal.
  • The driver / bus conductor has the authority to assign seats.
  • Students shall remain properly seated while the bus is in motion.
  • The windows of the bus must be closed at all time. On no account does any passenger have the right to open a window of a bus. This is in keeping with the preventive measures against any injury to the passenger.
  • Refrain from talking to the driver except in an emergency.
  • No one shall tamper with any equipment or operate any part of the bus.
  • Do not mar or deface the bus. Students caught damaging bus equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or restitution.
  • There should not be any fighting or profanity on the bus or any loud disturbances.
  • Students must not wave or shout at pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles. Do not throw objects from bus windows.
  • Eating in the bus is not permitted. Save snacks for snack time at school or till you get home. They may spill or you may choke if the bus goes over a bump.
  • Use of tobacco products or drugs is prohibited.
  • Bullying / fighting, use of abusive language is not permitted.
  • Students are required to ride their assigned bus, unless they have written approval from the Customer Care Executive of SSSBT.

While leaving the bus –

  • When you leave the bus, hold the handrail and take two large steps away from the bus.
  • In case you need to cross a street, ensure that you cross it in front of the bus. Walk ahead at least ten giant steps (three metres). Cross only when the driver gives a signal.
  • If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. Tell the driver or another adult.
  • If everyone is getting off the bus, the people in the front leave first. Do not push.
  • Be familiar with the rules of emergencies.

Progress has been made in the improvement of safety and safety awareness in the transportation of students. However, one critical area that has not been explored to the fullest extent is that of parents and guardians of the students. Safety awareness must begin and be consistently reinforced at home. The following points are suggested for parents:

  • Familiarize themselves with school and transport provider policies and procedures pertaining to riding a bus. Know their child’s bus number, telephone numbers of the driver, transport supervisor and CCE
  • Parents should try to establish the exact time their child should be at the bus stop in the morning. They should also recognize the dangers of students playing at the edge of a busy roadway.
  • Warn their children of the dangers of strangers who appear friendly and hang around bus stops.
  • Provide their child with a school bag to carry all their school supplies. Loose papers / materials are a serious hazard.
  • Stress the importance of remaining properly seated and reasonably quiet while aboard the bus.
  • Familiarize them with emergency procedures and danger zones around the bus and suggest they discuss these zones with their children. ( PHOTO)
  • Make sure children have their bus ID cards.
  • Parents should explain to their child that situations aboard the bus may not always be familiar. The bus might have to take an alternative route, a substitute may be driving the bus, or occasionally another bus might be used. If the child is confused, they need to be encouraged, it is O.K. to ask the driver questions.
  • Parents should also support policies of the school and transport provider.
  • Guardians to drop their children to the school bus or assembly point on time. In the event of any delay from their part, they bear the responsibility of dropping their children to the school without any responsibility on the part of the driver.
  • Assist in training and educating their children on the importance of safety and how to wait for the school bus and board it.
  • Report to the Management of the school / transport company regarding any offence or failure on the part of the driver.
  • The driver is responsible to return the student to the school if there is no person to collect him or her at the time of returning home and guardians are responsible for any associated outcome.
  • The student must maintain cleanliness of the bus and advise the school management or his / her guardian in case the driver or any other student breaches the rules in transit.
  • The Transport Company / School is solely entitled to deny any student from transport service in case any of the following condition apply:
    • - If the student is to blame for delaying the trip more than three times in a single academic year.
    • - If the student breaches any safety rule and makes others liable to danger during the trip.
    • - If the student alights from the bus before arriving to the specified drop-off point, without a prior consent.
    • - If the student, against whom more than three written complaints were made during a single academic year, continues to cause troubles.

The conduct of students on a bus has a direct relationship to their safety. The position should be taken that no act or conduct that distracts the driver from safely maneuvering the school bus through traffic and operating the bus safely will be condoned or tolerated. Swift and firm action must be taken by the driver to solve and correct these problems.

  • One of the first steps a school bus driver must take toward controlling student behavior is to set a proper example. The driver should always practice good driving habits, take personal interest in the job, keep abreast of all advancements that take place in pupil transportation and take excellent care of the equipment.
  • Secondly, the attitude toward the job and toward the students is critical. The driver must realize that it is more important to be “respected” by the students than to be “liked” by them. Students can accept and will conform to rules and regulations, which are fairly, firmly and consistently enforced. Letting some students get away with breaking the rules in order to be nice so that they will like you is a sure way for the school bus driver to have trouble! This tactic will result in students losing respect for the driver.
  • Most of the general public and, to a degree, school bus drivers feel that a school bus driver needs only to be trained to drive the bus safely. There is much more to the job as a school bus driver than that.

The School bus driver should :

  • - If the student is to blame for delaying the trip more than three times in a single academic year.
  • - If the student breaches any safety rule and makes others liable to danger during the trip.
  • - If the student alights from the bus before arriving to the specified drop-off point, without a prior consent.
  • - If the student, against whom more than three written complaints were made during a single academic year, continues to cause troubles.

A Bus Monitor / Conductor should :

  • Ensure that students are picked up and dropped off at the designated points agreed upon – from home and in school.
  • Handle children carefully and maintain safety and discipline on the bus.
  • Help children to cross roads, where required.
  • Communicate with parents politely.
  • Report any misbehavior of the student to the Customer Care Executive of SSSBT.
  • Clean the bus after every trip.
  • Take daily attendance of students and give report to the Foreman.
  • Physically check the bus after every trip to be sure that no child is left behind.
  • Ensure the bus is kept neat and tidy internally and externally, washed / cleaned everyday.
  • Ensure that the curtains are drawn properly; no lose papers, cloths inside the buses.