When there is a student who uses a wheelchair, we provide a specially equipped vehicle, this depends on how many students are on the route, it could be a Van, Mini bus or a full size school bus.
We use specially designed securements to hold the wheelchair in place, in addition to a seatbelt system to keep the student safe.
If the student is using a new WC18-19 Wheelchair, we will need to be notified in advance so that we prepare the vehicle as these types of wheelchairs require heavier duty securements.
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR ON THE BUS
The School District enforces the School bus rules, the driver or attendant reports infractions to the district and the district requests the video from the bus so they can confirm what the infraction was and who was involved.
The rules are the same for all Districts:
Listen to the driver
No eating or drinking
Remain seated while on the bus
Do not reach out of the window or put your head out the window
Do not throw items
The safety rules are in place to make the bus ride safer for all students.
School delays and cancellations
During inclement weather, Rhodes Transit dispatches a road safety team to inspect roads in each School District that we serve, the safety team is checking for icy conditions, snow build up on road surfaces and looking at areas where students will be waiting for the bus, we also check all the weather services for forecast information, all this is then relayed to the Superintendant of each District so that they can make an informed decision on whether School can go ahead as normal or delay/Cancel.
When a District cancels due to weather, it is normal that all vehciles supplied by the District will not run, this is due to safety concerns, there are some exceptions to this rule regarding special needs transportation, and you are encouraged to check with our Dispatch office to see how your student could be effected.
How to become a bus driver.
(It's easier than you think)
After you have been interviewed your training starts in the Rhodes Academy, there is classroom training and on the bus training.
The classroom training normally takes about a week, after this you will go to the DMV and take your CDL permit tests, once you have that we can begin training you in the bus, you will learn how to drive and manouver the bus, it is pretty easy to park and move the bus around due to the number of mirrors that allow you to see the entire side of the bus.
We will schedule a driving test for you and after you have taken that test you will be a fully licenced School Bus Driver!
Call our recruiter on 724-266-4322