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On the School Bus

All Aboard Activity

A bus operator must think and do a number of things during the 4 steps of boarding and exiting. These 4 steps are:

  1. Pulling In - a bus operator has to pay special attention when pulling into a stop.
  2. Watching Passengers - when loading and unloading passengers, operators must be watchful and alert.
  3. Helping Passenger - they may be extra things an operator must do to be helpful during exiting and boarding.
  4. Pulling Out - operators must follow strict procedures when pulling out.

Below is a list of actions or procedures that a bus operator does during boarding and exiting. Read each one and indicate under which step you think it belongs.

1.

Merge away smoothly.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

2.

Indicate intention to stop to other drivers.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

3.

Help make room by asking passengers to move on back.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

4.

Pull close into the curb.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

5.

Check blind spots when pulling out.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

6.

If needed, help passengers who are loading equipment, strollers, etc.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

7.

Use mirrors to keep track of passengers wishing to get off.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

8.

Watch to make sure everyone that needs to be is on or off.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

9.

Pull into a stop smoothly and slowly.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

10.

Use indicators to show intention to merge.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

11.

Help secure wheelchairs well.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

12.

Watch to make sure no one is pushing.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

13.

Tell people with impaired vision where they can sit.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

14.

Help passengers with disabilities get on / off the bus safely.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

15.

Avoid dangerous obstructions in the stop area.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

16.

Merge safely into traffic.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

17.

Check mirrors when pulling out.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

18.

Tell passengers how to get on and off safely if needed.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

19.

Inform passengers of stop name if necessary.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

20.

Monitor stop area for passenger safety.

 

Step 1: Pulling In
Step 2: Watching Passengers
Step 3: Helping Passenger
Step 4: Pulling Out

 

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