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1 Loading and Unloading Students 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 1

2 Introduction Most accidents occur in loading and unloading zones School bus drivers play a very important role The ride to and from school is an opportunity to teach Education, alertness and awareness are the keys 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 2

3 Presentation Overview A review of loading and unloading procedures A review of the four light system A review of the eight light system A review of off road loading and unloading procedures Education, Alertness and Awareness 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 3

4 Four Light System Check traffic ahead and to the rear of the bus Begin to brake gradually Stay in traffic lane to provide protection for students Activate stop paddle Set brake, place bus in park or neutral and maintain light pressure on the brake Never use the door switch to activate reds 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 4

5 At the Bus Stop Train students to wait until you signal its safe to cross Count students as they exit the bus Count students before leaving the stop Stay aware of back packs and clothing that could become entangled when exiting the bus 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 5

6 Eight Light System Check traffic ahead and to the rear of the bus Activate the amber flashing warning lamps Begin to brake gradually Stay in traffic lane Apply brakes and stop 6 to 8 feet short of students Activate stop paddle Set brake, place in park or neutral 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 6

7 At the Bus Stop Train students to wait until you signal its safe to cross Count students as they exit the bus Stay aware of back packs and clothing that could become entangled when exiting the bus Count students before leaving the stop Check for late students before leaving stop 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 7

8 Hazard Warning Lights Only if students dont cross and completely off the roadway Check traffic ahead and to the rear Begin to brake gradually and activate right turn signal Pull off the roadway Set parking brake and place in park or neutral Deactivate right turn signal and activate hazard lights 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 8

9 Hazard Warning Lights Check mirrors Open doors to load or unload students Shut doors, turn off hazard warning lights Activate left turn signal Release brake Check mirrors Students never cross in this situation 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 9

10 Keeping Students Safe Count Eye Contact Driver Signal Student Behavior Emergency Vehicles approaching stop Seating arrangements 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 10

11 Three Important Rules Before leaving the stop: Check your mirrors and door 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 11

12 The Six Danger Zones The front of your school bus The right side of the school bus The rear of the school bus The left side of the school bus The forward blind area on the left side The right side loading area 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 12

13 Stop Paddle Violators Prepare in advance Prioritize information needed Safety First, information second Enlist the help of local law enforcement 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 13

14 Summary Most school bus related injuries occur in the loading and unloading area Approach the stop carefully Load and unload with caution Use the correct procedures for the four, eight and hazard light systems Education, Alertness and Awareness 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 14

15 Evaluation 1.Describe the safe techniques drivers can use to safely load and unload students 2.Name the six danger zones around the school bus 3.Explain the procedure for the proper use of The four light system The eight light system Hazard warning light system 4.Where do school bus injuries and fatalities occur? 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 15

16 Answers Question #1 1.Correctly use the eight-light system 1.Instruct children on how to cross safely 2.Eye contact 3.Use a crossing signal 4.Count students 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 16

17 Answers Question #2 1.The front of the bus 2.The right side of the school bus 3.The rear of the bus 4.The left side of the bus 5.The forward blind area on the left side 6.The right side loading area 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 17

18 Answers Question #3 1.Check traffic ahead and to the rear of bus. Prior to stopping the bus for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, activate the alternating amber flashing warning lamps if the bus is so equipped. Activate the amber warning lamps: a.No less than 100 feet and no more than 300 feet from the bus stop where posted speed limit is 35 mph or less, or b.No less than 300 feet and no more than 500 feet from the bus stop where posted speed limit is 35 mph or more (WAC 392-145-030)(5) 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 18

19 Answers Question #3 2.At the same time the ambers are activated or if bus is equipped with a 4 light system, begin to brake gradually a)35 mph may require 300 to 400 feet b)20 mph may require about 200 feet 3.Stay in traffic lane so the bus can provide protection for students 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 19

20 Answers Question #3 4.Apply brakes and check again for traffic to see if they are stopping or preparing to stop. When possible, stop 6-8 feet short of students to keep them in your vision. 5.When the bus comes to a complete stop, set the parking brake and place the transmission in neutral or park prior to loading or unloading passengers. When it is possible, maintain light pressure on the service brake to activate the brake lamps when loading or unloading passengers. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 20

21 Answers Question #3 6.If you have students crossing, make sure they wait for your signal before they cross. 7.Do not pull in your stop paddle or release your brake until all students are seated and you have done one more complete MIRROR CHECK for late students. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 21

22 Answers Question #3 8.Check traffic to the front and rear of the bus, begin to brake gradually. 9.100 feet prior to stop, turn right turn signal. Apply foot brake and check traffic. 10.Pull off roadway; stop 6-8 feet short of students, if possible, to keep them in your vision. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 22

23 Answers Question #3 11.Come to a complete stop, set your parking brake and place the transmission in neutral or park prior to loading or unloading passengers. When it is possible, maintain light pressure on the service brake to activate the brake lamps when loading or unloading passengers. 12.Deactivate your right turn signal and activate your hazard warning lights. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 23

24 Answers Question #3 13.CHECK MIRRORS. When safe, open doors to load/unload students. 14.Shut doors, turn off hazard warning lights, and activate left turn signal. 15.Release brake, CHECK MIRRORS, and pull back onto roadway when safe. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 24

25 Answers Question #4 CHECK YOUR MIRRORS and DOOR Question #5 Statistics show most school bus related student accidents and injuries occur in the loading and unloading area at school bus stops. 2012-2013 School Bus Drivers Inservice 25


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