Bus Procedures

Student Medical Emergency on School Bus Notification Procedure

These instructions outline the procedures to address a student with an illness or injury on the school bus.
  1. The bus driver will immediately contact dispatch upon discovering a student with an illness or injury requiring medical assistance.
  2. The bus driver will provide the location and a brief description of the emergency.
  3. Dispatch will immediately call 911 to request medical assistance.
  4. Dispatch will contact the bus driver via radio and ask for the student’s name and school. The bus driver will communicate this information if possible.
  5. Dispatch will review the student’s medical conditions (if on file).
  6. Dispatch will report any known medical conditions to 911.
    • If student medical conditions are not on file, but surface in communication with the school, dispatch will update 911.
    • Do not communicate the student medical conditions over the radio network.
  7. Dispatch will contact the school office and the Director of Transportation to report the student medical emergency.
  8. District representation will be on site as soon as possible to assist the emergency responders (as appropriate).
  9. School personnel will communicate with the student’s family in regards to the medical emergency.
  10. The Director of Transportation will inform the Superintendent about the medical emergency. A summary document including all relevant details will be recorded and placed on file.
  11. Following an incident, procedures will be reviewed to determine the need for any adjustments.

Bus Accident Notification Procedure

These instructions outline the procedures to follow when a school bus is involved in an accident that delays the scheduled bus run and/or a student injury has occurred.
  1. The bus driver will immediately contact dispatch to report the accident and/or any student injuries.
  2. The bus driver will provide the location and a brief description of the accident and any related student injuries.
  3. If the students’ injuries require medical assistance, the bus driver will request that dispatch contact 911.
  4. Dispatch will immediately call 911 to request medical assistance (if needed).
  5. Dispatch will contact the bus driver via radio and ask for the students’ names and school(s). The bus driver will communicate this information if possible.
  6. Dispatch will review the students’ medical conditions (if on file).
  7. Dispatch will report any known medical conditions to 911.
    • If student medical conditions are not on file, but surface in communication with the school, dispatch will update 911.
    • Do not communicate the student medical conditions over the radio network.
  8. Dispatch will contact the school office and the Director of Transportation to report the accident and any student related injuries.
  9. District representation will be on site as soon as possible to assist the emergency responders (as appropriate).
  10. School personnel will communicate with the students’ families in regards to the accident and any student related injuries.
  11. The Director of Transportation will inform the Superintendent about the accident and student related injuries.  A summary document including all relevant details will be recorded and placed on file.
  12. Following an incident, procedures will be reviewed to determine the need for any adjustments.

Bus Rosters

  1. Bus rosters will be provided to Rhodes Transit prior to the start of any school year.
  2. Bus rosters will be attached to the appropriate bus run schedule.
  3. Bus rosters and bus run schedules will be on the appropriate school buses for every run. Rhodes Transit will maintain a consistent process to insure that this is happening.
  4. Bus rosters will be updated and provided to Rhodes Transit during the first week of every month (October - May).

Notification of Student Health and Medical Conditions to Bus Drivers Procedure

  1. Director of Transportation will have the master list of all students’ health and medical conditions.
  2. If warranted, an Individual Transportation Plan addressing a student’s medical condition will be completed and placed on file with the school nurse, Director of Transportation, Special Education Supervisor and Rhodes Transit.
  3. For severe student medical conditions, a colored card with the student’s name, medical condition, student photo and parent contact numbers will be provided to the Director of Transportation, Rhodes Transit and the current bus driver.
  4. Additional emergency information will be provided as needed.
  5. Parents will be encouraged to place an identification card outlining a student’s medical condition(s) and emergency contact information on the inside cover of the student’s bookbag (address annually within parent­student handbooks).
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