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Question of the Month School Transportation News asked its readers to describe their


district or company protocol for responding to a bus crash. Look for more on this topic at stnonline.com this month.


Determine by radio if there are injuries. If needed, call the


Rescue Squad. Call 911 for police coverage. Proceed to the accident site. Make sure that the drivers have the names of the students and where they were seated. Also have a mechanic drive a bus to transport the students home. He can drive the wrecked bus back to our shop, if it can be transported. I take control of my driver and the scene, then assist the state police with any information they need. Once the scene is cleared, my office assistant and I contact all of the parents to let them know what has occurred. — Mathew Lair, Transportation Supervisor Appomattox (Virginia) School District


Driver reports the crash to the dispatcher. The dispatcher


relays that information to the site supervisor, [who] reports to the crash site. The superintendent, transportation director, local law enforcement and attending school are notified. The school notifies parents of the students on the bus. The site supervisor investigates and files a report. — Charles Blake, Director of Transportation Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas


Editor’s Note: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” hit theaters in


August. A scene depicted the main character’s backpack being caught in the school bus loading doors before the vehicle drives off. Watch the trailer at stnonline.com/go/5e.


This is totally unacceptable. Then again, what else would


you expect from Hollywood and the media? All for the thrill, and absolutely nothing depicting real life or concern for others. The movie should not be offered for viewing until and unless changes/omissions are made. — Frederic “Fritz” Lohrey, Driver Instructor/Certified Examiner Lockport, New York


Editor’s Note: In August, STN released an initial count of


injuries and fatalities for the 2018-2019 school year. The report found that 70 injuries and 17 fatalities were due to street crossing incidents. Read the report at stnonline.com/go/injuries.


Thank you for finally reporting on injuries and not just


fatalities. Zero fatalities. Zero injuries. That’s my goal. — Facebook/Diana Hollander Nevada State Director for Pupil Transportation


10 School Transportation News • OCTOBER 2019


President & Publisher Tony Corpin


Editor Ryan Gray


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