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FEZA HOME SCHOOL BUS SAFETY POLICY

FEZA HOME SCHOOL BUS SAFETY POLICY

FEZA SCHOOLS attach the greatest importance to the safety of the children under its care. Therefore the arrival and departure from the school by using school buses has particular safety considerations that are addressed under this policy. All staff must be familiar with this policy and its contents must be followed in its entirety.

  1. The following should be implemented at all times.
  2. Whilst travelling on the bus each child should be seated in a single seat. The seat              must never be shared. Children must never be sitting on another child’s lap.                            Children must never be standing whilst the bus is moving. If the bus has too many                 children, the driver must not move the bus until the excess children have                              been taken off. Other transport arrangements will then be made for them.
  3. Children must be wearing a seatbelt.
  4. The windows must be closed at all times.
  5. The driver must never leave children unattended on the bus.
  6. Drivers must never smoke or use bad language whilst working for FEZA
  7. Drivers must complete the register of children after the end of each journey.

 

It is the responsibility of the driver to make sure the above rules are followed. Management should never put pressure on any driver to break this policy. If this should happen, the driver must refuse the request made and report the matter orally to the director and put in writing what was asked of them and by whom. Any member of staff found pressuring a driver to disregard this policy will face disciplinary action which may include dismissal. By following this policy drivers’ jobs are guaranteed. Similarly, any driver found disregarding this policy will face disciplinary action which may include dismissal.

 

  1. Transportation to school.
  2. Children should be waiting for collection at their home address. (Supervision of the children at this point is wholly the responsibility of the parents.) If the child is not there the driver must call the parent and let them know they are waiting. If after 3 minutes they are still not there the driver may continue with their journey.
  3. The driver should make sure that the bus stops in a safe position, free of other traffic or dangers.
  4. The driver, or if present, bus assistant, is responsible for making sure that the child gets into the bus safely. As the child gets on the bus their name should be ticked on the register.
  5. The driver or bus assistant should make sure that the children are seated and wearing a seatbelt.
  6. On arrival at school the driver, or if present bus assistant, should make sure the children get out of the bus safely and go into the playground where their supervision will be taken over by the duty teachers.
  7. Taking the Children to the Buses.
  8. In NURSERY and LOWER PRIMARY, the teacher teaching the children at the end of the day is responsible for taking the children to the buses or sending them with a Teaching Assistant. (UPPER primary and secondary children will go to the buses independently.)
  9. Once the children arrive with the teacher or teaching assistant they should make every reasonable effort to make sure the children get onto the correct bus as quickly as possible.
  10. When the teacher or teaching assistant is satisfied that the children are on the correct buses they may leave. The duty teachers will then take responsibility for making sure that the children stay on the buses until it is ready to leave. (Secondary duty teachers will take responsibility for the secondary children.)
  11. The duty teachers should make all reasonable effort to make sure that children are seated and wearing a seat belt.
  12. Once all the buses have left the duty teachers will finish their duty.
  13. Transportation to Home Address
  14. Before departure, the driver or bus assistant should make sure that the children are seated and wearing a seatbelt.
  15. Before departure the driver should complete the register and be satisfied he has all the children that he is taking home.
  16. On arrival at the home address, the driver, or if present bus assistant, should make sure the children get out of the bus safely.
  17. For Early Years, Nursery up to Lower primary children, the child must be collected by an adult. If there is no adult present the driver should try to contact the parent to let them know their child is waiting. After three minutes of no respond the driver should inform the school’s transport officer and continue with the route. The child will be returned to school. The office will then take responsibility for contacting the parent. Children of Upper primary upwards are expected to go to their house independently.

If the driver and/or bus assistant have followed this policy, but children are persistently     ignoring the instructions they are given, they must be reported to the Deputy Principal         in charge of transportation through the school secretary, who will take further action           on the matter.

 

The following procedure will be followed:

 

Warning 1       The Deputy Principal will speak to the child and warn them about their                              future behaviour. The incident will be recorded in the bus incident book.

Warning 2       The parents will be telephoned by the Deputy Principal and given a                                     warning to their child’s future behaviour. The call will be recorded in the                             bus incident book.

Warning 3       The parents must be called to the Discipline committee before an oral     and written warning have been issued as a final warning. The warning will be recorded in the bus incident book.

Warning 4       The child will no longer be able to use the school buses.  A letter will be                            sent to the parents explaining this and the reasons why.

As mentioned at the start of this policy the safety of all people who travel on the buses is of paramount importance. Children who cannot follow the safety rules will be excluded from using school transportation.