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					                         THE WALKING BUS

                     ROAD SAFETY GUIDELINES


1.    IDEALLY THERE SHOULD BE 1 ADULT SUPERVISOR FOR EVERY 6
      CHILDREN.

2.    ON EACH BUS OF EIGHTEEN CHILDREN, THERE SHOULD BE A DRIVER, A
      CONDUCTOR AND A THIRD SUPERVISOR WHO SHOULD TAKE UP A
      CENTRAL POSITION.

3.    EACH CHILD MUST WEAR A FLUORESCENT BIB

4.    SUPERVISORS WILL BE ISSUED WITH FLUORESCENT WAISTCOATS.

5.    THE NEED TO CROSS ROADS SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

6.    MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF SAFE CROSSING PLACES I.E. PEDESTRIAN
      CROSSINGS OR SCHOOL WARDEN CROSSINGS.

7.    IF THERE IS NO SAFE CROSSING AVAILABLE, ALWAYS CROSS ROADS
      AWAY FROM PARKED CARS, CORNERS, BUSY JUNCTION’S ETC.

8.    PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILD’S SAFETY ON THE WAY TO
      AND FROM THE DESIGNATED BUS STOPS. DRIVERS AND CONDUCTORS
      MUST REMAIN WITH THE GROUP ON THE AUTHORISED ROUTE.

9.    SUPERVISORS SHOULD BE VIGILANT WHEN NEW CHILDREN JOIN THE BUS.

10.   EMPHASISE TO THE CHILDREN THAT THEY MUST OBEY THE
      INSTRUCTIONS OF THE DRIVER AND THE CONDUCTOR.

11.   THE CONDUCTOR SHOULD ENSURE THAT HE/SHE HAS A CLEAR VIEW OF
      ALL THE CHILDREN ON THE BUS.

12.   CHILDREN SHOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO WALK ALONG THE FOOTPATH
      AWAY FROM THE KERB.

13.   THE SUPERVISORS WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THE CHILDREN
      SHOULD WALK TWO A BREAST OR IN SINGLE FILE. THE WIDTH OF THE
      FOOTPATH WILL BE THE DECIDING FACTOR.
14.   EVERYONE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE DANGER WHEN CROSSING
      DRIVEWAYS, ESPECIALLY AS DRIVERS MAY NOT ALWAYS NOTICE SMALL
      CHILDREN.

15.   BEFORE CROSSING, SUPERVISORS SHOULD GATHER CHILDREN AROUND
      THEM BACK FROM THE KERB.

16.   NOBODY SHOULD START TO CROSS UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE
      DRIVER.

17.   REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT EMPOWERED TO STOP TRAFFIC IN ORDER TO
      CROSS. IF A DRIVER STOPS TO ALLOW THE GROUP TO CROSS, IT IS VITAL
      THAT YOU CHECK THAT OTHER TRAFFIC IS AWARE OF WHAT IS
      HAPPENING AND HAS STOPPED BEFORE YOU STEP INTO THE ROAD. THERE
      IS ALWAYS THE DANGER OF OTHER DRIVERS OVERTAKING THE
      STATIONARY VEHICLE.

18.   REMEMBER IN WET WEATHER IT WILL TAKE DRIVERS LONGER TO STOP
      EVEN AT 30 M.P.H., ON A WET SURFACE, THE TOTAL STOPPING DISTANCE
      IS 32 YARDS.

19.   BE AWARE THAT HOODED COATS CAN OBSCURE YOUR VISION.

20.   JUDGING SPEED AND DISTANCE CAN BE DIFFICULT. THE SAFETY OF THE
      ENTIRE GROUP IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. IF IN DOUBT WAIT UNTIL
      THE ROAD IS CLEAR.

21.   IF POSSIBLE ENSURE YOU HAVE A MOBILE PHONE WITH YOU IN CASE OF
      AN EMERGENCY.

22.   IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FULFIL YOUR POST, YOU MUST ORGANISE A
      REPLACEMENT FROM THE ROTA.

23.   RECORD AND REPORT ALL INCIDENTS TO THE WALKING BUS CO-
      ORDINATOR, INCLUDING IMPROPER BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN,
      ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES AND ANY POINTS OF THE ROUTE THAT ARE
      BECOMING A SAFETY CONCERN.

24.   IN THE EVENT OF A MINOR INJURY, VOLUNTEERS SHOULD APPLY WHAT
      FIRST-AID THEY CAN. IF NECESSARY CONTACT THE CHILD’S PARENTS.

25.   IN THE EVENT OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT OR INJURY, IMMEDIATELY
      CONTACT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE CO-ORDINATOR AND THE
      CHILD’S PARENTS.

26.   IF ONLY ONE SUPERVISOR IS AVAILABLE, THEN THEY SOULD TAKE UP THE
      REAR AND PLACE A RESPONSIBLE OLDER CHILD AT THE FRONT.

Issued by:-
Fingal County Council,
Road Safety Section.
Tel: 01-8905824/25

				
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