Safety & Security

Substitute Drivers: Undisputed Challenge

In preparation for writing this article I looked up the terms substitute and drivers in the American Heritage and Dictionary and Thesaurus. Substitute is defined as "one that takes the place of another" and driver was defined "as a person who operates a motor vehicle". In addition, substitute driver is defined in the 1995 National Standards for School Transportation as "A driver who is not assigned to a regular route, but is employed to provide immediate coverage when necessary due to driver absences or emergencies.

Pediatricians Revise School Transportation Safety Policy

The American Academy of Pediatrics Committees on School Health and Injury and Poison Prevention has revised its 1985 statement entitled "School Bus Safety." In a recent issue of the AAP's professional journal Pediatrics (May, 1996), the Academy published an updated article titled School Transportation Safety which provides relevant federal regulations, and outlines recommendations for addressing school bus safety. The AAP emphasized the importance of Academies' role in sharing recommendations at both the community, state and national levels.