I. You may want to distribute the agenda as participants enter the training area. If your participants don’t know each other or if they don’t know the instructor, you may want to do introductions.
I.B. Ask the group the question. For your benefit, the desired response or correct answer is provided in italics. This format will be used throughout the module. Record all responses that relate to weather. The goal here is to get participants to begin thinking about the wide variety of weather conditions that they might encounter. Keep the focus on weather. Don’t include other conditions that might be considered adverse, e.g., construction, animals on the road, traffic.
I.H. CDL stands for Commercial Driver’s License. Everyone in the room must have a CDL or they cannot legally operate a school bus.
I.H.2.a. To check road conditions, communicate with dispatch, other drivers, parents, or spotters. Listen to the bus radio. Call the state transportation office or the State Police. Go see for yourself in the parking lot or on the drive into work. Listen to the radio or television. Discuss particular procedures in place in your local area.
I.H.2.b. To check weather, listen to or watch the weather report. There will be a discussion of how to understand some important weather terms a little later in the module (Section II, Good Things to Know).
I.H.3.b. For example, an unexpected storm could develop or you could have mechanical trouble and be on the road longer than you had planned.
I.H.5.c. This module does not cover emergency procedures or evacuation. For safety reasons, it is important to have a local policy on emergency procedures. School bus drivers need to receive training on the policy and procedures. If you do not have such a policy and procedures, it is important that the local school district and transportation vendor (if applicable) develop them. Your State Director of Pupil Transportation should be able to direct you to the resources you need to get started. To obtain the phone number of your State Director call 1-800-585-0340 or go to www.nasdpts.org
I.I.1.a. To “slow down” is the most important thing that participants should remember from this module. It will be repeated often in the instruction. EMPHASIZE IT.