Student safety and welfare are our primary consideration in the implementation of transportation services. When establishing bus routes, we consider safety, economy of operation and comply with state and local laws, and school time schedules. School bus drivers must successfully complete the state's bus training curriculum to be certified to drive a bus. This consists of several weeks of classroom work, testing and behind-the-wheel driving. Drivers also must pass a criminal records check, a driving record check, a drug screening, and a bus driver physical examination. All drivers attend an eight-hour update training and a driving skills and knowledge evaluation annually. Volunteer monitors must pass a criminal records check. Bus drivers and transportation staff also train students and school staff on safe evacuation procedures four times each year.
Only Safe Drivers at Lyon County Schools: The Lyon County School District is dedicated to providing safe and efficient pupil transportation for the children of Lyon County. Our employees are our most valuable resource in ensuring the quality of this service. Our goal is to provide employees with a workplace environment which promotes health and safety. In order to achieve this goal, the Federal Highway Administration's anti-drug policy and regulation is completely endorsed. Unauthorized use, abuse, possession, or sale of controlled substances by employees will not be tolerated. Drug testing is an integral part of our program. Training, education and other required assistance to employees is provided to help them understand their responsibilities for achieving a drug free environment.
CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12 will not be left at home if no adult is home. The driver or school official will attempt to contact the parent/guardian and students will be returned to the school they attend for pick up. If repeated offenses continue, the Cabinet for Family Services will be contacted to investigate.
EVACUATION DRILLS - The Lyon County Schools Transportation Department will practice four state-mandated school bus evacuation drills each school year. One drill will be performed within the first week of each semester, with the other two scheduled for mid-semesters. These drills are completed on school grounds with the assistance of other school personnel.
Within the first two days of school, each driver will begin training the students in proper evacuation procedures as well as sending home a permission slip asking if your child may be utilized for assistance during these drills. Generally, we ask four students per bus and their duties would include unlatching the back and side doors; assisting fellow classmates off the bus; and in case of an emergency, your child would assist the driver in locating a safe area for students that would be away from any further danger.
Evacuation drills are essential in our attempt to provide the safest transportation possible for all students who will be riding a school bus in the course of the school year.