Crisis Planning for School Transportation

Transportation Crisis can occur without warning and vary in their level of risk and severity. During any crisis situation bus drivers must be able to focus on all of the interrelated pieces of a particular crisis. While each situation will be different and could have many parts, the driver will need to stay focused on their responsibility and work towards providing a safe environment for all students and passengers regardless of their involvement in the emergency.

This informational template is being provided as a guide as you assess the crisis situation. It will help you determine the courses of action that will best address the threat or hazard you are facing. These procedures apply to student activity trips and regular school bus routes. It is in a word documant format which will allow you to customize it to your own needs.

School Transportation Crisis Plan Template (docx)

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools has administered the REMS TA Center to serve two critical functions aimed at helping education agencies, with their community partners, manage safety, security, and emergency management programs. We build the preparedness capacity (including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts) of schools, school districts, IHEs, and their community partners at the local, state, and Federal levels. We also serve as the primary source of information dissemination for schools, school districts, and IHEs for emergencies via the REMS TA Center Website.

The REMS TA Center does not endorse products, services, or service providers. Additionally, the REMS TA Center does not provide certificates other than certificates of attendance.

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School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety
Public Service Administrator
Dennis Tate

School Bus Safety
Public Service Administrator 

Melissa Ostermeyer


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