FIRST OBSERVER TRAINING
School Bus First Observer (SBFO) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program administered by the Transportation Security Administration, Highway and Motor Carrier Division (HMC). This program is national in scope and supported by state transportation departments to provide basic security awareness by teaching school bus drivers how to identify, evaluate and report any suspicious incidents.
School Transportation Security Awareness (STSA)
STSA focuses on terrorist and criminal threats to school buses, bus passengers and destination facilities. It is designed to provide school bus drivers, administrators, and staff members with information that will enable them to effectively identify and report perceived security threats, as well as the skills to appropriately react and respond to a security incident should it occur.
The Kentucky Department of Education has compiled video's and other formats for districts to use in training both drivers and students. These video's are taken from various websites. Some websites may require you to sign in to their site. Please feel free to use the content to enhance safety in your districts.
This refresher training provides nine lesson modules on driving a school bus. The intended audience is experienced school bus drivers. This is an in-service training program, not a training program for new drivers.
Adverse Weather Conditions, Driver Attitude, Emergency Evacuation, Highway Rail Grade Crossing, Know your Route, Loading and Unloading, Student Management, Students with Special Needs, Vehicle Training
This training provides video, handouts, facilitation guide and a quiz game.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia has created a video aproximately 14 minutes long explaining seizures and how to react to a situation.
This video is of a fire department doing training on a school bus fire. In under a minute the bus is engulfed in smoke. In under two minutes flames are shooting from the top of the bus.
This video demonstrates a rear door evacuation.
A Special Education school bus emergency evacuation in less than a minute and a half.
This video is from the Transportation Department of the Boone County Schools.The video goes over driver pre-trip check procedures, proper bus evacuations, proper student pick up procedures and procedures for carrying large items such as musical instruments on the school bus.