Bus Drivers Learn about Safety to Serve Students

Bus Drivers Learn about Safety to Serve Students
Posted on 02/20/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Bus Drivers Learn about Safety to Serve StudentsAbout 225 members of the CCISD Transportation department, including bus drivers and shop workers, learned about safety and how to act quickly in a medical emergency during their last in-service day for the year on Monday, February 17, 2020, at League City Intermediate.

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According to Transportation Project Manager Deedy Justice, this information will better equip them to help the students they interact with every day.

“I wanted them to listen to important information that would aid them in doing their job with our students in CCISD,” she said. “I wanted to give them the peace of mind that they could actually help someone if they needed to.”

Director of Safe and Secure Schools Brian Palazzi went over Lockdown procedures and how that specifically affects bus drivers. He also discussed the CCISD Alerts app and the “See Something, Say Something” tip form.

“They appreciated receiving the information and it was great when they all agreed to download the CCISD Alerts app together as a group,” he said.

Clear Brook High School Nurse Amy Childs then led the group through a few different medical situations and showed everyone how to respond to each of them effectively. Employees were trained on how to perform CPR, how to use a defibrillator, how to administer an Epi-pen, and how to care for a person having a seizure.

In order to practice how to administer CPR, the employees split into groups of three or four and took turns practicing on an inflated doll whose chest would click to confirm that the participant was applying the adequate amount of pressure.

Though she had heard most of the medical emergency information before, Jackie Davis said that it was helpful to hear it again. She worked as a bus monitor for eight years before becoming a bus driver this year.

“Since I’m on a special needs bus, learning what we need to do if a student starts having a seizure will help me out a lot because I’ve never experienced that,” she said. “I feel better prepared now.”

Overall, Justice thought the in-service was useful to transportation employees and it reinforced how important they are, especially in emergencies.

“They were very engaged and asked a lot of great questions,” she said. “They care for their students a great deal and they’re very dedicated to their jobs.”

Not only will this information allow them to better serve the students on their buses, but Justice believes the bus drivers could be positively affected on a personal level as well.

“I thought this training could have a larger impact, not just within their role, but within their own lives,” she said. “You need to know what to do in an emergency.”
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