BCIU Transportation staff work diligently every day to earn the department’s excellent safety record. Drivers and assistants devote themselves to safely transporting students. Mechanics keep the vehicles in safe working order. Dispatchers and office personnel coordinate communication efforts to ensure safe and efficient operations. And supervisors oversee safety training, policies, and procedures.
To recognize outstanding safety achievement in the past and to provide incentive for further safety performance in the future, the BCIU Transportation Safety Committee instituted the Think Safety campaign in April 2008. Drivers and assistants who attain safety goals receive official BCIU Think Safety windbreakers and other awards. In addition, the program promotes safety awareness and provides training on the safe operation of school vehicles and other safety procedures.
Behavior on the School Bus
Getting off the School Bus
Correct Ways to Cross the Street
The following recommendations and guidelines are from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Birth to 2 Years
A child under the age of 2 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It is the best way to keep him or her safe. Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the seat, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing seat with a harness, it is time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat of the car.
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach, and the shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it is safer there.