Category E: Support Services
Procedure E1: In Event of School Bus Accident
In the event of any school bus accident, the driver shall immediately contact the Director of Transportation. The Director of Transportation or the driver shall promptly contact the local police. Contact should be made regardless of physical or property damage.
Additionally, the Director of Transportation shall contact the principal of the school served by the school bus, the Superintendent’s office, and if relevant, the bus contractor. Communication among these administrators will continue throughout until it is determined by the Superintendent that the students are safe and appropriately transported.
In the event the accident happens on the way to school or during school hours:
- The principal, in consultation with the police, the Superintendent’s office, and the Director of Transportation, will determine the appropriate action regarding subsequent transportation of students. This may include alternate methods for returning children home or returning them to school.
- The parents of all students riding on the bus involved with the accident will be promptly contacted by the principal or his/her designee to inform them of their child’s safety and condition, whether or not the child was injured. Parents/guardians of students with injuries will be called first and advised to have any injury checked by their own physician.
- If students are unable to proceed home following the accident, especially if they require medical attention, the district will contact the parent/guardians and/or emergency contacts, as appropriate. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to provide transportation following medical transport.
POLICY EBC: Safe Schools
MGL Chapter 90, Section 26