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SCHOOL BUS EVACUATION PROCEDURES
C.A. Bailey ensures that at least once every school year bussed students are instructed and participate in an Emergency school bus evacuation drill. Schools are also encouraged to make arrangements with C.A. Bailey to conduct an evacuation with "walkers" who would only travel on a school bus during field trips, etc.
The driver of each regular route will conduct an emergency evacuation drill each fall, the date of the drill is recorded in the drivers log book. In carrying out the evacuation procedure all are reminded that the driver has at least 3 bus patrols, plus alternates. Their duty is to assist him in emergency situations and in the normal operation of his bus route.The procedure for emergency evacuation shall be:
- All loose articles including jackets, books, kits, etc. must be left on the bus.
- Students will remain seated until it is their turn to unload.
- When unloading using the front door (this is done when there is an emergency at the rear of the bus), students will start unloading with the last seat on the driver's side, then the last seat across the aisle, and thus alternating up the aisle to the front of the bus.
- When unloading using the back door (this is done when there is an emergency at the front of the bus), students will unload from the front, beginning with the seat behind the driver, then the front seat across the aisle, moving back to second, third, etc.
- When using both front and rear doors (this is done when there is a scenario that requires the bus to empty as fast as possible), both of the above procedures will apply.
- Students leaving the bus via the back door must crouch (aka. The ski position), extend their arms to the bus patrols, which are already on the ground, and hop down.
- Students will congregate at a safe distance from the emergency scene, away from traffic and act in a quiet orderly manner.
- They must remain in this fashion until further directions are given by either the driver or bus patrol.
- After the last student leaves the bus, the driver will walk through the bus to check that all have been evacuated. He will be the last to leave and will remove the keys from the ignition.
- In the event that the driver is injured, a bus patrol near the front of the bus will assume authority. He will turn off the key, assist passengers to remain calm; arrange for assistance for the driver. The driver should be removed by older students if he is assessed to be in further danger by remaining on the bus.
- This procedure shall apply during extracurricular activities as well as regular bus trips.