Walking School Bus Driver Training


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  • Welcome to the Walking School Bus Driver Training presented by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. The objectives are to: Training walking school bus drivers in roles they will be filling Learn the hazards faced by children and why children see things differently Review the safety tips for Walking School Bus operations Review the procedures for a walking school bus
  • Define a Walking School Bus (WSB) A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. That may sound simple, and that is part of the appeal. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school or as structured as a planned route with meeting points, a timetable and a schedule of trained volunteers. A variation on the walking school bus is a bicycle train where a group of children and adult leaders ride together to school.
  • Children have a narrower field of vision than that of an adult. They are also lower to the ground. Children have difficulty localizing origin of sounds. Children do not have traffic experience and may not have traffic safety taught in school.
  • There are several common pedestrian crash types. It is important to be aware of crash types so you are aware and can help prevent conflicts between students and vehicles.
  • The pedestrian is crossing an marked or unmarked crosswalk at an unsignalized location. The car proceeds through the intersection and does not yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
  • The motor vehicle proceeds through a signalized intersection and fails to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.
  • A vehicle is turning right or left onto an adjacent street or driveway and fails to yield to the pedestrian. This is commonly known as a left hook or right hook.
  • The pedestrian Darts Out between parked cars and is often not visible to the motorist until the pedestrian is in the travel lane. The pedestrian Dashes Out from the curb without parked cars obstructing the view of the pedestrian or motorist.
  • Non roadway collisions occur in area like parking lots and driveways. This type of collision could also include a trail crossing.
  • 10 great tips to make the Walking School Bus Driver safer for the student experience.
  • At all times, the safety of the students are paramount. Every decision should be made with the safety of the students in mind.
  • Keeping the route running on a schedule will help minimize problems and miscommuniciation. Later stops depend on the bus running on time.
  • At each intersection and driveway use the left-right-left scanning technique to watch out for oncoming traffic. Intersections with turning traffic may require the pedestrian to look over their shoulder. Each intersection is a teaching moment that can reinforce safe pedestrian skills for the students.
  • Do not cross at an unsignalized intersection if a vehicle is within 150 feet of the crossing. Vehicles will take approximately 150 feet to come to a complete stop. In days prior to the walking school bus, inspect intersections and not landmarks that are 150 feet from the crossing.
  • There never seems like enough time to cross during the pedestrian crossing phase. Starting in the middle of the phase may shave off needed seconds to safely cross. When in doubt, allow the walk signal to return to DON'T WALK and cross during the next WALK phase.
  • Walking together as a group increases the safety of the walking school bus. It is better to be two or three students wide rather than making the school bus more spread out in a single-file line.
  • Emergencies or unusual situation can and do occur. Stick to your walking school bus plan unless the safety of the students is in jeopardy. Use your best judgment and report the situation to the walking school bus coordinator.
  • The sidewalks are public and open to all students. Often you will have students not registered with the walking school bus wanting to join their friends. If a student wishes to join the walking school bus, be sure they are registered to do so and have the proper parent permission forms on file. If the student is not registered, contact the walking school bus coordinator.
  • Review the local cancellation procedure and severe weather policy.
  • The walking school bus program is meant to be fun for the students and the drivers. Keep fun in mind when working with the students.
  • Review the procedure for the morning walking school bus route.
  • Walking School Bus Driver Training

    1. 1. Walking School BusDriver Training
    2. 2. Walking School BusDriver Training What is a Walking School Bus?
    3. 3.  Kids see differently. Kids hear differently. Kids lack traffic experience.
    4. 4. Pedestrian Crashes Common Pedestrian Crash Types
    7. 7. Pedestrian Crashes Turning Crashes
    8. 8. Pedestrian CrashesDart-Out Dash
    9. 9. Pedestrian Crashes Non-Roadway
    10. 10. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers
    11. 11. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 1. Student Safety is the NUMBER ONE Priority
    12. 12. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 2. Be On Time & Stick to the Schedule
    13. 13. 10 Tips for Walking Bus Drivers3. Scan Left-Right-Left at everyintersection
    14. 14. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 4. Wait for 150 gap in traffic
    15. 15. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 5. Use a fresh walk signal at traffic light
    16. 16. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 6. Keep students together as a group
    17. 17. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 7. Changes only allowed if student safety is at risk.
    18. 18. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 8. Students must be registered with Walking School Bus
    19. 19. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 9. Follow Cancellation and Severe Weather Policy
    20. 20. 10 Tips forWalking Bus Drivers 10. Have Fun!
    21. 21. Morning Procedures1. Assemble list ofwalking students formorning
    22. 22. Morning Procedures2. Confirmstudents NOTwalking with WSBCoordinator
    23. 23. Morning Procedures3. Arrive to first stop
    24. 24. Morning Procedures4. Completeroute to school
    25. 25. Morning Procedures5. Report any“no show”students atschool office
    26. 26. Afternoon Procedures1. Assemble list ofwalking students forafternoon
    27. 27. Afternoon Procedures2. Confirmstudents NOTwalking withWSBCoordinator
    28. 28. Afternoon Procedures3. Assemblestudents atdismissal area
    29. 29. Afternoon Procedures4. Roll Call toconfirm all studentsready
    30. 30. Afternoon Procedures5. Lead route fromschool
    31. 31. Issues andEmergencies Discuss specific issues and emergencies with Walking School Bus Coordinator.
    32. 32. Local PoliciesLate startsCancellations (snow/ice days)Sick daysNo showsEmergenciesSevere or adverse weather conditions (thunder/lightning,tornado, blizzard)Violations of rules and regulations
    33. 33. Iowa Safe Routes toSchool ProgramFor more information contact:Nick SobocinskiIowa Bicycle CoalitionP.O. Box 5562913 2nd StreetCoralville, IA 52241Phone: 515-309-2867Email: nick@iowabicyclecoalition.org