We don’t like to think about children getting hurt, but there are more and more incidents of school buses dragging students that have gotten their clothing or their book bags caught in a closing school bus door.
How do they happen?
- Visual challenges for the driver such as less light in winter months to see if the child has cleared the door.
- Door activation button placement causes the driver to look away from the door to close it.
- The cross-view mirror is not positioned correctly and may not show the entire door.
- Students can be distracted and may step back on the bus or not step away from the bus completely.
What can be done to stop this?
- More driver training, ideas, and suggestions.
- Using catch phrases such as “Clear”.
- Communication and training with the student so they know to step away from the bus as quickly as possible and to be aware that the driver will be closing the door.
- Visual confirmation that the student has stepped away from the door.
By being aware of their surroundings, school bus drivers and students can work together to stop this tragedy from happening.