School Bus Safety:
Infants, Toddlers
and Pre-Schoolers

Protecting our most vulnerable age group in society should be a top priority for transportation providers.
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School Bus Safety

It is important for transportation providers to understand the complexities of transporting children from birth to age five. Although school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road, transporting children does not come without risks. Learn why this age group rides school buses and what transportation providers should do in case of an emergency.

Different Programs That Require Bus Transport

These programs include:

  • Early Intervention Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  • The Pre-schools Grant Program
  • The Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities
  • Head Start
  • Child care center

Challenges and Responsibilities for Transportation Providers

These children may require a great deal of supervision during the time they are in the school bus. Some issues that must be addressed for school bus safety include:

Emergency Procedures

School bus drivers and attendants should be trained in emergency procedures, which include:

  • A written evacuation plan and evacuation drills with the children they transport
  • Seat belt cutters should be kept on the school bus within reach of the seated driver
  • Child Safety Restraint Systems should not be placed next to rows of seats with emergency window or door exits
  • The local emergency response system should know the response plans for school bus emergencies