Bus drivers explain to the students the proper procedures for safely evacuating the school bus in the event of an emergency. The students practiced how to exit the bus from the rear door.
Adapted from “A Guide for School Bus Drivers” issued by the NCDMV School Bus Traffic and Safety
Normally, passengers are safer inside the bus. For a normal breakdown, the students should be kept inside the bus.
If the bus is located where there is a high risk of a collision, such as:
There is some danger that threatens the passengers, such as
1. Park the bus as close to the shoulder of the road as possible
2. Stand facing the rear of the bus
3. Give the command: “Remain seated; prepare to evacuate.”
4. Turn toward the front of the bus.
5. Move backwards to the first occupied seat.
6. Starting with either the left or the right seat:
7. Move backwards down the aisle, repeating this procedure at each seat until the bus is empty.
8. Check the bus from the very back seat to the front, making sure it is empty.
9. Have evacuating students move to a safe distance (100ft) and keep them there as a group, away from any dangerous area.
10. Continue to check for students while removing the fire extinguisher or first aid kit, if needed.
11. Call or have someone call the fire department, the garage and the school, as necessary.
A fire at the front of the bus may make the front entrance unusable and an alternate route of evacuation necessary. Normally, the front entrance will be available, but the emergency door can be used as the primary exit during an emergency.
Evacuation through both doors is fastest, with the rear monitor working forward seat by seat and the driver working backward seat by seat.
The windshield and rear windows can also be pushed out to facilitate evacuation. If the bus is on the side, use the roof hatches as well as the emergency doors on the up side to evacuate students.
Listen to the driver's instructions for the correct exit.
Be calm, quiet and don't panic.
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