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The decision to evacuate the bus should include all of the following factors except:
  • Is the bus in the path of a sighted tornado?
  • Is there a fire, or the danger of fire?
  • Are there any injuries that might be made worse by evacuating?
  • Is the bus significantly behind schedule?
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From The CDL Manual

A decision to evacuate should include consideration of the following conditions:

  • Is there a fire or danger of fire?
  • Is there a smell of raw or leaking fuel?
  • Is there a chance the bus could be hit by other vehicles?
  • Is the bus in the path of a sighted tornado or rising waters?
  • Are there downed power lines?
  • Would removing students expose them to speeding traffic, severe weather or a dangerous environment such as downed power lines?
  • Would moving students complicate injuries such as neck and back injuries and fractures?
  • Is there a hazardous spill involved? Sometimes, it may be safer to remain on the bus and not come in contact with the material.
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Conditions which mandate that the driver must evacuate the bus include all of the following except:
  • The bus in on fire, or probably will be
  • These are all situations in which evacuation is required
  • There is a hazardous materials spill
  • The position of the bus may change, increasing the danger
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From The CDL Manual

Mandatory Evacuations:

The driver must evacuate the bus when:

  • The bus is on fire or there is a threat of a fire.
  • The bus is stalled on or adjacent to a railroad-highway crossing.
  • The position of the bus may change and increase the danger.
  • There is an imminent danger of collision.
  • There is a need to quickly evacuate because of a hazardous materials spill.
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If possible, to be prepared for an emergency evacuation, the driver can:
  • Assign older students as assistants, and teach them how to assist and lead other students off the bus
  • Have emergency contact numbers for all the students parents
  • Have 2 adult helpers ride along on each trip
  • Have their dispatcher on stand-by to send help, if necessary
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From The CDL Manual

Be Prepared and Plan Ahead:

When possible, assign two responsible, older student assistants to each emergency exit. Teach them how to assist the other students off the bus. Assign another student assistant to lead the students to a “safe place” after evacuation.

However, you must recognize that there may not be older, responsible students on the bus at the time of the emergency. Therefore, emergency evacuation procedures must be explained to all students. This includes knowing how to operate the various emergency exits and the importance of listening to and following all instructions given by you.

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Generally, a safe place to evacuate a school bus will be:
  • At least 300 feet from the road
  • At least 100 feet from the road, in the same direction as traffic is moving
  • The nearest parking lot
  • At least 100 feet off of the road, in the direction of oncoming traffic
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From The CDL Manual

Some tips to determine a safe place:

  • A safe place will be at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic. This will keep the students from being hit by debris if another vehicle collides with the bus.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus if fire is present.
  • Lead students as far away from railroad tracks as possible and in the direction of any oncoming train.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus at least 300 feet if there is a risk from spilled hazardous materials.
  • If the bus is in the direct path of a sighted tornado and evacuation is ordered, escort students to a nearby ditch or culvert if shelter in a building is not readily available and direct them to lie face down, hands covering their head. They should be far enough away so the bus cannot topple on them. Avoid areas that are subject to flash floods.
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In case of evacuation due to hazardous material spills:
  • Students should be led upwind at least 300 feet
  • Students should be led upwind at least 100 feet
  • You should never evacuate if there is a hazmat spill
  • Students should be led downwind at least 300 feet
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From The CDL Manual

Some tips to determine a safe place:

  • A safe place will be at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic. This will keep the students from being hit by debris if another vehicle collides with the bus.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus if fire is present.
  • Lead students as far away from railroad tracks as possible and in the direction of any oncoming train.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus at least 300 feet if there is a risk from spilled hazardous materials.
  • If the bus is in the direct path of a sighted tornado and evacuation is ordered, escort students to a nearby ditch or culvert if shelter in a building is not readily available and direct them to lie face down, hands covering their head. They should be far enough away so the bus cannot topple on them. Avoid areas that are subject to flash floods.
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If evacuation of a school bus is necessary due to a tornado and a building is not readily available for shelter:
  • Keep the students on the bus
  • Escort students to the closest ditch or culvert
  • Instruct the students to crawl under the bus and lay facedown
  • Direct them to run in the opposite direction of the tornado
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From The CDL Manual

Some tips to determine a safe place:

  • A safe place will be at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic. This will keep the students from being hit by debris if another vehicle collides with the bus.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus if fire is present.
  • Lead students as far away from railroad tracks as possible and in the direction of any oncoming train.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus at least 300 feet if there is a risk from spilled hazardous materials.
  • If the bus is in the direct path of a sighted tornado and evacuation is ordered, escort students to a nearby ditch or culvert if shelter in a building is not readily available and direct them to lie face down, hands covering their head. They should be far enough away so the bus cannot topple on them. Avoid areas that are subject to flash floods.
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When evacuating, dispatch should be notified first:
  • No matter the emergency
  • Only if students are hurt
  • Only if the bus is leaking fuel
  • Only if time allows
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From The CDL Manual

If time allows, notify dispatch office of evacuation location, conditions and type of assistance needed.

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During an evacuation, if the radio is operable, it should be:
  • Dangled out the window for later use
  • Manned by two older students while the others evacuate
  • Removed and taken out of the bus
  • Used to notify dispatch first, then left on the bus
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From The CDL Manual

Dangle radio microphone or telephone out of driver’s window for later use, if operable.

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To secure the bus during evacuation, all of the following should be done except:
  • Shut off the engine
  • Throw the key as far as possible away from the bus
  • Place transmission in Park, or Neutral, if applicable
  • Remove the ignition key
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From The CDL Manual

Secure the bus by:

  • Placing transmission in Park or if there is no shift point, in Neutral.
  • Setting parking brakes.
  • Shutting off the engine.
  • Removing ignition key.
  • Activating hazard-warning lights.
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During an evacuation, if a student is suspected of having suffered a neck or back injury:
  • A helicopter should be called immediately
  • They should not be moved unless in mortal danger
  • A blanket or jacket should be used to drag them out the back door
  • They should be taken out of the bus before the other students
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From The CDL Manual

Evacuate students from the bus.

  • Do not move a student you believe may have suffered a neck or spinal injury unless his or her life is in immediate danger.
  • Special procedures must be used to move neck spinal injury victims to prevent further injury.
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