This week we’re taking all the students that ride a bus through mandatory bus evacuation drills. They’re no different than many of the other safety drills we perform at school, like fire and lockdown drills. Practice makes perfect, and making sure our kids know what to do in an emergency is paramount to our overall success as a school distric.

Bus Evacuations at SCS
Bus Driver Mrs. Amanda Hall reviews what went well, and what could be improved after a successful bus evacuation drill at Streetsboro Schools.

We will perform a total of three drills this week, one per day. Front door evacuations, rear door evacuations, and both doors will be practiced.

Our drivers spend time with the students before each evacuation drill to explain what the expectations are, and then review at the end of the drill what could have gone better, or how to improve for next time.

In a real emergency, we need our students to be able to lead themselves in an evacuation, and exit the bus safely.

Bus evacuations at SCS
Bus Driver Mrs. Leslie Knuth assists student in a rear door evacuation drill at Streetsboro City Schools.

These are the protocols we follow for evacuating a school bus at Streetsboro City Schools:

FRONT DOOR EVACUATION

Complete a front door evacuation using the following steps:

  1. Secure the bus on a level surface if possible, set the parking brake, turn off the engine, and activate the 4-way hazard lights.
  2. Bleed the air all the way down below 20 PSI to engage the spring brakes.
  3. Notify dispatch using the radio that you are evacuating the bus.
  4. Stand up and announce that a front door evacuation is about to happen.
  5. Assign one student to stand outside the door to count the students as they exit.
  6. Assign a second student as a line leader, and instruct them to lead the students to a safe spot at least 100 feet out and away from the bus.
  7. Evacuate all students / passengers.
  8. Make a final student check to make sure all students have exited the bus.
  9. Exit the bus, and bring the keys and any required safety equipment including fire extinguisher, first aid kid, bleed kit, etc.

REAR DOOR EVACUATION

  1. Secure the bus on a level surface if possible, set the parking brake, turn off the engine, and activate the 4-way hazard lights.
  2. Bleed the air all the way down below 20 PSI to engage the spring brakes.
  3. Notify dispatch using the radio that you are evacuating the bus.
  4. Stand up and announce that a rear door evacuation is about to happen.
  5. Assign two students in the rear to open the rear emergency door, and exit the bus safely. These two students will help the remainder of the students to exit the bus.
  6. Assign one student to stand outside the door to count the students as they exit.
  7. Assign a second student as a line leader, and instruct them to lead the students to a safe spot at least 100 feet out and away from the bus.
  8. Students towards the rear of the bus should begin exiting using alternating seats. The bus will evacuate from rear to front.
  9. Evacuate all students / passengers.
  10. Make a final student check to make sure all students have exited the bus.
  11. Exit the bus, and bring the keys and any required safety equipment including fire extinguisher, first aid kid, bleed kit, etc.

FRONT & REAR DOOR EVACUATION

  1. Secure the bus on a level surface if possible, set the parking brake, turn off the engine, and activate the 4-way hazard lights.
  2. Bleed the air all the way down below 20 PSI to engage the spring brakes.
  3. Notify dispatch using the radio that you are evacuating the bus.
  4. Evacuate the bus using BOTH the front and rear exits, using the same procedures as explained previously for those types of evacuations.
  5. Evacuate all students / passengers.
  6. Make a final student check to make sure all students have exited the bus.
  7. Exit the bus, and bring the keys and any required safety equipment including fire extinguisher, first aid kid, bleed kit, etc.

EVACUATION DRILLS

For evacuation drills, or any other type of safety drill, a concerted effort shall be made to keep the drill as calm as possible, and for it to create a learning opportunity for all involved. Speed is not important – evacuating safely, and appropriately, is key.

All evacuation drills are known in advance, and shall be communicated to the students and community members before a drill takes place.

It is important that all students participate to the best of their ability. It may be appropriate that not all student participate in one or more forms of evacuation drills.

Follow these instructions when performing an evacuation drill:

  1. Always conduct an evacuation drill on school grounds, preferably near a school building.
  2. Secure the bus on a level surface if possible, set the parking brake, turn off the engine, and activate the 4-way hazard lights.
  3. Bleed the air all the way down below 20 PSI to engage the spring brakes.
  4. Stand up and announce the drill. Use language like “This is a drill, only a drill!” and “Please listen for the instructions before beginning to evacuate!”
  5. Explain the evacuation drill in questions – front only, rear only, or a front & rear evacuation. Explain each step, and what is needed from the students.
  6. Instruct the students to leave all of their belongings behind.
  7. Begin the evacuation drill.
  8. Once complete, ask students to return to the bus to pick up their belongings. 
  9. Address any issues, and share feedback about what could have gone better, and changes you would like to see next time.
  10. Thank the students for participating in a successful evacuation drill.
  11. Have student exit the bus safely at the completion of the drill.
  12. Report the evacuation drill completion status to your supervisor.

If you have any questions about the evacuations, let us know at launch@scsrockets.org

 

Last updated: September 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm