4. Parent's Responsibilities
Progress has been made in the improvement of safety and safety awareness in the transportation of students. However, one critical area that has not been explored to the fullest extent is that of parents and guardians of the students. Safety awareness must begin and be consistently reinforced at home. The following points are suggested for parents:
- Familiarize themselves with school and transport provider policies and procedures pertaining to riding a bus. Know their child’s bus number, telephone numbers of the driver, transport supervisor and CCE ( all available at the website).
- Parents should try to establish the exact time their child should be at the bus stop in the morning. They should also recognize the dangers of students playing at the edge of a busy roadway.
- Warn their children of the dangers of strangers who appear friendly and hang around bus stops.
- Provide their child with a school bag to carry all their school supplies. Loose papers / materials are a serious hazard.
- Stress the importance of remaining properly seated and reasonably quiet while aboard the bus.
- Familiarize them with emergency procedures and danger zones around the bus and suggest they discuss these zones with their children. ( PHOTO)
- Make sure children have their bus ID cards.
- Parents should explain to their child that situations aboard the bus may not always be familiar. The bus might have to take an alternative route, a substitute may be driving the bus, or occasionally another bus might be used. If the child is confused, they need to be encouraged, it is O.K. to ask the driver questions.
- Parents should also support policies of the school and transport provider.
5. Responsibilities of students and their Guardians as per booklet issued by RTA.
- Guardians to drop their children to the school bus or assembly point on time. In the event of any delay from their part, they bear the responsibility of dropping their children to the school without any responsibility on the part of the driver.
- Assist in training and educating their children on the importance of safety and how to wait for the school bus and board it.
- Report to the Management of the school / transport company regarding any offence or failure on the part of the driver.
- The driver is responsible to return the student to the school if there is no person to collect him or her at the time of returning home and guardians are responsible for any associated outcome.
- The student must maintain cleanliness of the bus and advise the school management or his / her guardian in case the driver or any other student breaches the rules in transit.
- The Transport Company / School is solely entitled to deny any student from transport service in case any of the following condition apply:
- If the student is to blame for delaying the trip more than three times in a single academic year.
- If the student breaches any safety rule and makes others liable to danger during the trip.
- If the student alights from the bus before arriving to the specified drop-off point, without a prior consent.
- If the student, against whom more than three written complaints were made during a single academic year, continues to cause troubles.