Ensuring the safety of students during bus transportation is paramount for the Western Québec School Board (WQSB). Led by dedicated staff members Amélie Gascon, Judy Cadieux-Fortin, and Lee-Ann Beaulé, the Bus Transportation Group meticulously plans routes for nearly 8,000 students across 355 buses, including minibuses, large buses, and taxis.
The 2023-2024 Bus Safety Campaign is centered on instilling crucial safety practices among students. It underscores the privilege of busing and the collective responsibility to uphold a safe environment. Key objectives include educating students on proper boarding and disembarking procedures, fostering respectful behaviour onboard, and emphasizing the significance of driver cooperation.
Key Principles of Bus Safety:
1. Avoid Distractions: Students are reminded to refrain from distracting the driver, who must concentrate on the road.
2. Remain Seated: Throughout the journey, it is essential for students to remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop, minimizing the risk of accidents or injuries.
3. Ensure Visibility: Before crossing in front of the bus, students must ensure the driver acknowledges their presence.
Weather Conditions and Safety:
Bus safety protocols remain consistent regardless of weather conditions. However, heightened vigilance is crucial during inclement weather, as drivers contend with additional challenges, particularly in winter.
Events and Resources for Students:
To bolster awareness, students are encouraged to engage with educational resources available through designated links and videos, fostering a culture of proactive safety measures. Please see resources provided in this article.
The introduction of the First Rider Program in the upcoming school year aims to familiarize younger students, particularly those in K4 and K5, with bus safety protocols. Additionally, collaborative efforts with schools will facilitate tailored campaigns for elementary and high school students, educating both children and parents on bus safety fundamentals.
It is important for all to understand that busing is a privilege, not a right, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to uphold safety standards. Through ongoing initiatives and proactive measures, WQSB remains committed to safeguarding students during bus transportation, ensuring a secure and conducive learning environment for all.