On Friday, June 10, 2011, Carlisle County Bus Drivers participated in their annual 8-hour update. Bus drivers are required yearly to receive update training and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR. Bus drivers are required to perform periodic random drug testing, motor vehicle records check, and yearly health physicals. Initial steps to being certified as a bus driver include earning a Class B Commercial Drivers License and successfully complete a state approved bus driving curriculum that involves over 30 hours of training.
This year’s update focused on demonstrating driving skills, First Aid, and updates to policies/procedures. Each driver participated in random driving skills tests including bus evacuations, parallel parking, loading and unloading procedures, and bus evacuation scenarios. To keep all drivers abreast of the latest policies and procedures that are implemented from the state transportation department, driver trainer Jennifer McKelly presented information concerning topics ranging from proper responses to when there is water over the road, allowable items on the school bus, passenger manifest expectations, and other safety practices when driving routes or school trips.
School nurse Karen Elliott recertified drivers in First Aid and CPR. As rules and regulations regarding CPR and First Aid change from year to year, it is necessary for all drivers to stay certified in these areas. Drivers spent the afternoon bandaging wounds, learning how to treat allergic reactions, and practicing the latest acceptable CPR techniques.