School Bus Accident Critical Analysis is an Accident Report writing template developed by Safety Rules! using on an Excel spreadsheet file. Please feel free to download and use this template and let us know how it worked for you!
Guideline 17 Guideline 17 started out as a standard published by the recently created National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the early 1970's. It has since become a "guideline", but it still directs states and school bus operations in establishing safety standards for their operations.
New York State Child Safety Zone Guidelines. This regulation quantifies walking hazards for children in order to qualify them for bus transportation. The law and regulation links are at the bottom of the page.
Getting to School Safely This NHTSA site has links and documents addressing the safety of all modes of transportation used for school travel. The Federal Highway Adminstration's Safe Routes to School Program provides resources to communities to make all children's trip to school safer.
"Increasing School Stability for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Overcoming Challenges to Providing Transportation to the School of Origin" from the National Center for Homeless Education
Operation Lifesaver has been working to protect highway rail grade crossings (railroad crossings) since 1972. They have special materials for school bus safety and you can become a certified instructor to teach their programs.
Illegal Bus Passing Best Practices Guide from NHTSA for preventing illegal passing of school buses during loading and unloading.
NCST The Specifications and Procedures for School Bus Operations is developed by the National Congress on School Transportation that meets every year at Central Missouri State University to establish best practice in the design of school buses and in the operation of school bus fleets. The 2000 document may be ordered from this site.
New York State Education Department District Safety Review. This document id New York State specific document, but is an excellent guide to evaluate the safety of your operation. Safety Rules! Ted Finlayson-Schueler, co-author.
IllinoisMissouriIdaho Manuals of Operations for School Transportation. State specific, but good overviews of pupil transportation management issues.
School Bus Driveway Evaluation Checklist from California
Ontario School Bus Safety Resource Guide has information for all participants in the school transportation environment.
New ZealandEngland Many countries have used "walking school buses" - that is a group of children walked to school by a responsible adult along an approved "route".