School buses are the recommended vehicle for transporting students to and from school or to extra-curricular activities. In Saskatchewan, only vehicles registered in Class PB (commercial vehicle used for the transportation of passengers for compensation) or Class PS (school bus) may transport more than 8 students to or from school on regularly scheduled routes.
Individual school boards determine policy for the transportation of students to extra-curricular school-related activities, including the use of buses, 15-passenger vans and other vehicles.
The driver who is responsible for transporting students should be experienced and have a safe driving record. Large passenger vehicles handle differently especially when fully loaded, so choose an experienced driver who operates this type of vehicle on a regular basis.
Develop a plan for transporting students
There are a number of activities that should be included in a plan for transporting students:
- Follow the Saskatchewan School Boards Association or your local school board's guidelines, policies and regulations for the safe transportation of students. These guidelines were originally developed, in co-operation with SGI and various other members of the school transportation industry.
- Monitor weather and road conditions of prior to travel. An itinerary of the trip should be made available to parents.
- Develop contingency plans for poor weather or other unplanned situations that require travel to be cancelled.
- Chaperones and supervisors should be equipped with a cell phone and contact information in the event a decision to cancel or suspend travel is required or if plans are changed.
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