Keeping their child safe is a parent’s number one concern when they leave for the school bus every morning. And 24% of those bus fleets are made up of busses specifically for children with special needs.
While you can’t join them on that bus ride from your home to their school, there are a few precautions you can take.
Follow a few of these tips if you’re looking to put your mind at ease and lessen your child’s risk of injury.
Watch For These Considerations Often
Here is a list of considerations you will need to review if you are a parent of a child with special needs. These are usually standard practice, so make sure they are implemented to make the ride a lot smoother for you and your child.
- modern seating requirements
- trained bus drivers and staff
- clear requirements for picking up and dropping off your child from school
- secure seatbelts
- ample space for wheelchairs and ADA wheelchair ramps
Though these considerations are standard practice for most schools, always keep an eye out when your child is boarding the bus. If something is out of place or missing, contact the school immediately.
Bus Parts and Bus Maintenence
Speak with your child’s school about the state of the vehicles used to transport the young students to and from school.
Ask when the last inspection was conducted.
Bus parts can age with time and conducting routine bus maintenance is crucial in monitoring the state of the vehicle and how safe it is to drive. The bus parts may also need to be replaced over time if they are not functioning efficiently. This ensures that the children riding the school buses stay safe on their drive to school.
By checking with your child’s school, asking about bus maintenance, and making sure their form of transportation is ADA-friendly, you are decreasing your child’s risk of injury. and making sure their vehicle can safely transport passengers to and from school.