Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed the first School Bus Safety Week proclamation in the state’s history last month. In doing so, he honored a local school bus driver for keeping her students safe during a police-involved shooting over the summer.
HUDSON, Ohio — AMF-Bruns of America, a global leader in wheelchair and occupant securements since 1958, announced that Tammy Cummings, a special needs bus driver, is the winner of the annual AMF-Bruns National Special-Needs School Bus Driver Of The Year Award. She works for the Greenville County School System in South Carolina.
The recent sudden spike in deadly school bus stop fatalities may prompt more examination into what really happened in each dreadful case. Those efforts may also help lead to the development of new ways to improve student safety at school bus stop pickup/dropoff areas nationwide.
Multiple instances of students being hurt or killed by motorists driving near school bus stops or illegally passing school buses have made the national media, prompting a return to best practices and safety efforts long championed by the industry.
Sensory sensitivity is a common characteristic of children with autism. Strange surroundings, loud noises, bright lights, and a lot of physical activity all can be overwhelming to autistic children. That can turn a school bus ride into a nightmare for child and school bus driver alike. Getting an autistic child to school in safety is a bus driver’s main task, but seeing to their needs enroute is not within the purview or experience of most bus drivers.