Safety

Safety Training Experience

Training is delivered to students as follows:

JK-4:

Training Video Program

School Bus Evacuation Exercise

School Bus Brochure Distribution

5-8:

School Bus Evacuation Exercise

School Bus Brochure Distribution

9-12:

School Bus Brochure Distribution

We have been delivering safety training programs for all communities in the Lambton region since 1990. Our Driver and Certified Trainer travel to all the schools in the region and deliver the training to students in a classroom setup. This program has been designed in strict accordance with the standard required by the Lambton-Kent Joint Safety Committee for the LKDSB and SCCDSB since September 2006.

Training Video

Students from JK - 4 watch a 15 min video that demonstrates safety rules and appropriate behaviour on a school bus. After the video, the Trainer takes 10-15 min to ask students a series of questions that address five safety categories. This ensures there is discussion between the Trainer and the Students. It also helps the Trainer gauge if any further explanation is required on any of the material covered in the video.

School Kids

The five safety categories covered in the video include:

  • walking to the bus stop
  • proper loading
  • proper conduct on the bus
  • proper unloading
  • the safety zone around the bus

For the training video, schools are encouraged to set up groups of no more than 60 students at one time.

Safety Brochures

Students from JK - 12 are provided a copy of our safety brochure by one of our Trainers. The concepts covered in the brochure include, ten rules of school bus safety, school bus danger zones, safety tips for parents, how to cross safely, parent responsibilities, and student responsibilities.

Kids on bus

Training Program

The training that we deliver is a Hull Bus Lines developed Driver Training Program that is certified by the Ministry of Transportation. In class training is conducted in our Sarnia office. Our state-of-the-art training facility in Sarnia can accommodate up to 20 drivers at one time and is set up for video, projector, and computer presentations.

One of our Drivers and our Operations Manager conduct training for all our Drivers. They are both recognized through the Ministry of Transportation as being able to license Drivers at Hull Bus Lines with a Class "B" School Bus driver's license. They are also recognized as being able to deliver the MTO recognized Driver Training Program. Steve Hull, the Owner of Hull Bus Lines, is the Recognized Authority, making him responsible to see that Hull Bus Lines approved Driver Training Program is strictly adhered to. Companies that do not have this authority must have Drivers go to a Ministry of Transportation office to obtain a Class B license. If they are licensed through the MTO, they have only demonstrated that they can drive the bus on that day in a safe manner and can complete a minimum circle check. This license does not ensure the Drivers have been trained. All of our Drivers are licensed with a Class B School Bus driver's license, and have successfully completed our MTO recognized Driver Training Program.

The techniques used to train the Drivers include:

  • Presentations to Drivers
  • Role play with the Drivers
  • One on one training with the Drivers using the bus
  • Demonstrations on how to do emergency evacuations
  • Skid School in Aylmer, Ontario to learn proper winter driving techniques
  • The use of outside professionals to conduct training on Emergency Preparedness.

We use a Microsoft Access based Classification File to log all training that our Drivers have received. The file flags to our Trainers when Drivers are required to update their training to ensure they stay current with all Ministry of Transportation and Consortium requirements. Drivers are required to go through Defensive driver training every three years, which we conduct at our Sarnia office. Each time there is a Professional Activity day during the school year, we use this as an opportunity to meet with our Drivers to communicate any updates and educate them. Corrective training is also conducted anytime there is an incident involving a Bus Driver. Here again as the owner of the company Steve Hull gets personally involved in all incidents to personally confirm that every aspect is handled properly.

Evacuation Exercise

Stop Watch

Students from JK - 8 participate in a school bus emergency evacuation exercise. Students are gathered outside of the bus and introduced to a team of one Trainer, one bus driver, and two helper students. Students are then guided onto the school bus in single file, using the handrail, and without pushing or shoving. Once on the bus, the Trainer spends 15 min discussing safety rules using a question and answer format. Some of the concepts covered include:

  • The Bus Driver is in charge
  • Why eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus
  • No yelling
  • The importance of keeping all body parts inside of the bus
  • Why there are no seatbelts
  • Emergency evacuation

After discussing the safety rules, the Trainer first demonstrates the proper procedure for exiting out the rear door. The Driver then starts at the back and begins the evacuation, with the assistance of the helper students. Once everyone is outside, Students are moved to the front of the bus, where they are congratulated and the evacuation time is announced.

The Trainer then explains the concept of crossing with alternating lights. The Trainer leads the students in an exercise of crossing safely in front of the bus while the Driver activates the alternating lights and demonstrates hand signals that will be used. The students are also shown what to do when they drop an object in front of the bus. This is demonstrated by throwing a hat in front of the bus.

Students are then handed colouring books and encouraged to show their parents the books, and to discuss the safety rules shown in the book.

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