The ASIS School Safety and Security Council has developed a special new white paper on School Bus Safety. The white paper is part of a series prepared by council members, including security professionals from colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and consultants.
School Bus Safety addresses various approaches to school bus safety and security issues, focusing on a proactive approach to protect children and others. The council notes, "the frequency of bus accidents appears to be increasing;" however, "being prepared is the key to survival and saving lives."
One of the stories that was an impetus for the paper was on a school bus crash in late May this year in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where eight students and the bus driver were hurt. The next month, in the same town,
five students were hurt when an unlicensed driver crashed into a school bus. However, these are not isolated incidents in Cape Cod—they happen all over the world, and the white paper includes an interactive section with examples of reports like these.
The council produced this paper in response to this increase in reports on school bus incidents. "With the recent reports of school bus accidents or incidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, we felt this was a topic that needed to be addressed," says contributor and Past Council Chair Larry Fennelly. "It seems to be happening more often, or maybe we as a society have become more aware of this situation that puts our nation's children in harm's way."
It is the council's hope that these resources will provide education and awareness of the safety issues surrounding school buses and provide ways to move forward with patience, diligence, and research to diffuse safety hazards on public and private school buses.
ASIS members can download the full white paper here.