Evacuations at the High School start off by students loading the buses. Drivers explain the evacuation process, and the students proceed to evacuate using the rear emergency door of the bus.
The process is something of a joke for High School students. They don’t understand the potential for dangerous events on a school bus. Though they may not take the evacuation entirely seriously, they are getting practical experience getting off the bus quickly and safely. They also have the opportunity to witness the operation of a two-way radio and the location of the belt cutter.
While students see the drill as an escape from the daily routine, for bus drivers it’s something else entirely; an opportunity to practice a simple life-preserving process with students.
We’re glad when districts perform the drills regularly.
Behind-the-scenes, drivers work hard to complete Seating Charts.
- mean every student has a place to go, so loading occurs more efficiently than when they have to search for seats;
- keep students separated by age and experience so the youngest students are not socialized with the older students;
- help keep the bus in better repair; when a student is “responsible” for a seat, s/he tends not to tear tape or poke holes in the seat;
- separate students who have trouble sitting near each other;
- assist the bus driver with student recognition and route planning.
Some basic “rules” for seating charts: For example younger students must be seating in the front of the bus (both Kindergarten and sixth grade students qualify as “younger” students). Middle School students must sit forward of seat 16; High School students must seat behind seat 16. In certain circumstances, students are exempt from being assigned a seat. One such circumstance occurs when a large number of students is on the bus less than ten minutes (students who live in large housing developments near the School qualify).
As always, we encourage parents to call when there is an issue with a seating arrangement to make changes to accommodate requests and help students have a better ride to and from school.