While parents prepare their children for back to school, HISD’s Transportation Department is preparing all of the district’s bus drivers and attendants with training and tools to safely drive the students to and from school every day. This year, HISD’s Transportation Department is adding counter-terrorism training which will include a mock disaster drill on Thursday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 6351 Pinemont Drive.
“We can never prepare our drivers and attendants too much to be successful on the road,” HISD Transportation Senior Manager Chester Glaude said. “It is important that our team is fully prepared for all situations to make sure that HISD children feel comfortable and safe on our school buses.”
The mock disaster drill involves an overturned school bus. To add a touch of realism, an older model school bus has actually been overturned on its side and will be used as a hands-on learning lab for all district bus drivers and attendants. This drill will allow staff to incorporate previous trainings such as student management, emergency evacuation, and counter-terrorism. In addition, this mock disaster drill will also involve staged human injuries which will allow district bus drivers and attendants to utilize the first-aid training they recently received in May.
In addition to the technical skills the transportation team will learn and practice during this event, they will also be reminded of the basics such as:
- The importance of performing pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the bus
- Looking for suspicious items such as canisters, metal boxes, or containers
- Immediately reporting suspicious items
In May 2012 the HISD Transportation Department was selected as one of two districts in the nation as a finalist for the prestigious Larson Quality Award. The Leland E.G. Larson Quality Student Transportation Program was developed to spotlight school bus operations that provide high-quality customer service in safety-centered operations.
Each day, about 875 HISD school buses travel 80,000 miles as they transport 30,000 students to and from school.