Reasons for bus evacuations shall include but not be limited to:
- Fire or danger of fire:
- A bus shall be stopped and evacuated if the engine or any portion of the bus is on fire or smoking. Passengers shall be moved at least 100 feet from the bus and remain there until the Bus Driver has been informed by the police or fire authorities that no danger remains or until other provisions are made.
- A bus shall be evacuated immediately if the bus is near an existing fire and unable to be moved away from the fire, or if the bus is near the presence of any combustible materials and is unable to be relocated. The Bus Driver shall move the passengers at least 100 feet from the area of the combustible material until the Bus Driver has been informed by the police or fire authorities that no danger remains or until provisions are made.
- Unsafe situation: In the event a bus is stopped due to an accident, mechanical failure, road conditions, or human failure, the Bus Driver shall determine immediately whether it is safer for the students to remain on the bus or be evacuated.
- If a breakdown or evacuation must occur on a major highway contact the State Police for assistance. Refer to Section 4.1 Article 7.
Last modified: May 07, 2020