To ensure that safety is maintained at all times, constant attention must be paid to the various factors which can impact the safety and well-being of students related to transportation.
To accomplish this, each party needs to accept the responsibilities outlined below.
It is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian:
To explain and reinforce the expected behaviour of their children who are eligible to use student transportation services.
To ensure the safety of your children to and from the designated pick-up/drop off location, provide adequate supervision at the pick-up/drop-off location, and that the student is waiting at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the transportation and is visible to the driver.
To notify the school of any pick-up or drop-off location that differs from the home address and any health related conditions of their child that may potentially require immediate medical attention (e.g. anaphylaxis).
To be aware of the fact that student misbehaviour on school vehicles may result in suspension or loss of transportation privileges.
It is the responsibility of the Student:
To avoid any behaviour which may disturb the driver or interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle including exercising care, caution, good manners and consideration for others.
To obey promptly the instructions of the driver, school patroller and Principals.
To refrain from throwing articles inside the vehicle or out the window, and keep all parts of the body inside the vehicle at all times.
To refrain from smoking, eating, using alcoholic beverages and/or illegal substances while in a school vehicle.
To remain seated at all times.
To be aware of the fact that misbehaviour on school vehicles may result in suspension or loss of transportation privileges.
It is the responsibility of the Bus Driver:
To adhere to applicable laws, regulations, agreements and student transportation policies and administrative procedures and to exercise due care and precaution at all times.
To report immediately to the transportation operator any incident or accident involving a school vehicle where students are on or around the school vehicle.
To be courteous, kind but firm and above reproach at all times.
Maintain control of the students on the vehicle at all times. When necessary, provide written reports within 24 hours to the Principal naming individuals involved and the details of their behaviour and any specific action taken to correct the behaviour while on route.
To ensure that all students have left the vehicle before considering the route is complete.
To only carry students authorized by NSTS, maintain consistent pick-up and drop-off locations and times and refrain from making changes without consent from NSTS.
It is the responsibility of the Transportation Operators:
To maintain each vehicle in accordance with the legislative requirements and the Agreement, including keeping the vehicle in a clean and sanitary condition.
To report immediately to the Principal and NSTS any incident or accident involving a school vehicle where students are on or around the vehicle, and follow this up with a written accident report as soon as possible.
To support schools and NSTS in regards to safety initiatives including: ‘First Ride’ programs, bus evacuation drills, bus patroller programs, use of video monitors on buses, etc.
To provide drivers with regular driver training and safety workshops and to make sure that they are following applicable laws, regulations, legislation, agreements and the student transportation policies and administrative procedures.
To provide drivers with a list of passengers who have health related conditions which potentially may require immediate medical attention (e.g. anaphylaxis).
While operating for NSTS, the operator provide service according to contract agreements and shall not carry passengers other than students assigned or authorized by NSTS or make route changes, including bus stop locations and times, without the written permission of NSTS.
It is the responsibility of the Principal:
To provide adequate supervision for the loading and unloading of student transportation vehicles at the school and be available should a problem arise during transportation times.
To respond to student transportation incidents and accidents as necessary, including notifying parents of the students involved.
To investigate thoroughly all reported misbehaviour on school vehicles and to issue discipline and, if necessary, withdraw or suspend transportation privileges.
To inform parents personally by telephone, and confirm in writing, the details of the disciplinary problem and the action taken.
To encourage and support the use of student transportation safety education programs provided by NSTS, Transportation Operators or other agencies.
To keep student data up to date in their student database, including pick-up and drop-off locations that differ from the student’s home address, and notify NSTS of any student passengers who have health related conditions, which potentially may require immediate medical attention (e.g. anaphylaxis).
It is the responsibility of the NSTS:
To plan student transportation programs in accordance with policies, administrative procedures/guidelines, the consortium agreement, student transportation legislation, best practices and the student information downloaded from the schools.
To set up transportation provisions for students within a reasonable amount of time, and with due consideration for students with exceptional needs and/or exception to policy.
To ensure the safety of students, pick-up and drop-off locations must be consistent five (5) days per week, and week to week, and the transportation provision must be reflected on the route copy.
To communicate with schools, Communication Departments and the appropriate Superintendent immediately following an incident or accident. Review incident and accident reports with operators and to follow-up with schools to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
To support the safety and behaviour management initiatives of operators and schools in order to prevent issues on school vehicles, and to help resolve specific concerns.
To notify transportation operators of any student passengers who have health related conditions that may require immediate medical attention (e.g. anaphylaxis).