TRANSPORT POLICY

Introduction

The Transport Department of Alchemy School is established by transportation professionals to provide strategic solutions to student transportation needs. We at Alchemy School respond to all critical needs by creating smart solutions to unique situations involved in school bus operations.

About Us

The Transport Department of Alchemy School provide exceptionally safe and convenient transportation for its students across the surat city.

Our Mission

To provide safe and reliable transport services to the students at the highest levels of safety, quality, customer service and positive employee relations.

Our Vision

To be the first and foremost in providing the safest and most comfortable school transportation without compromising on safety, professionalism, training, leadership and quality.

Our Commitment

We are committed to provide the best school transport service with highest safety measures and comfort to each student. Our transport team is engaged in research, development and implementation of systems and practices to make our service the best in the industry.

Our Team

Our team consists of experts in the areas of safety, training, recruitment, human resources, maintenance, route management, customer service and public relations.

Facts

  • We are one of the leading schools having a well organized and disciplined bus fleet of more than 20 buses.
  • We have established ourselves by transportation professionals who have a track record of more than 10 years of safe transportation of students with best safety records.
  • We are transporting more than 12,00 students to and from schools every day.
  • Every new driver is put through 10 hours of in-house Pre-Service training.
  • The drivers are monitored by well experienced Supervisors / Transport Contractors and Managers.
  • Our School buses cover an aggregate distance of approximately 1000 kms everyday in more than 20 routes.

TRANSPORT GUIDELINES

Transport Guidance ,Service & Responsibilities

The best way to correct the student behavior problem is to have a clear and definite understanding of what is expected on the part of all parties concerned. All guidance concerning student behavior should be well known and clearly understood by bus drivers, students, parents, administrators and teachers and School Transport Services members. All concerned are requested to abide by the following:

Transport Department’s Administrative Responsibilities

The Transport Department at AlchemySchool sets the tone for the safe transportation of children. Clear and concise policy statements are made and adopted. The Transport Department will adhere to all the bus specifications and safety measures prescribed by the Regional and State Transport Authority. They are responsible for-

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the transport system of each school
  • Preparation of policies and procedures and effective implementation
  • School bus routing solutions
  • Recruitment and training (pre-service training programme, Quarterly in-service training) of drivers, Conductors and Male/Lady Attendants and monitoring their performance on a daily ongoing basis.
  • Deployment of buses with specification prescribed by RTA / local authorities
  • Maintenance and upkeep of buses
  • Ensuring the highest standards in school transportation

Functional Responsibility of the Transport Department

  • For bus drivers to effectively perform their duties, the Principal or person designated by the school must enforce rules and regulations concerning transportation of pupils.
  • When cases of indiscipline, damage of buses or any misbehaviour are brought to the attention take necessary disciplinary action.
  • Should be aware of the seating plan of students in the buses, details of the routes and the time taken for picking-up and dropping-off of children.
  • Create awareness of road safety and bus safety amongst the students through various activities.
  • Provide a safe environment in the bus parking zone
  • Provide necessary training to the conductors/ bus supervisors to take care of the students, to take their attendance in every trip and also etiquettes and manners in dealing with parents and students
  • Teachers and administration staff of schools must be present at the parking zone to ensure safety of children when they arrive and depart.

Student’s Responsibilities

Students must bear their share of responsibility for safety while travelling in school buses. The privilege of any student to ride a school bus is conditioned upon their good behavior and observance of the rules and regulations set forth by the school and transport operator. Certain levels of conduct are expected of any and all students riding the bus. All students shall conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the safe transportation of all. No conduct will be tolerated that will in any way cause distraction of a driver’s attention that might result in unsafe operation of the bus. Students are expected to respect the authority of the bus driver and obey his/her instructions. If the rules are followed, all concerned can expect to have a safe bus trip.

While Waiting To Board The Bus

  • Arrive at your assigned bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of the bus. The driver cannot wait for you, as it may create traffic problems.
  • Do not play in the path of traffic and stand well away from the road when the bus approaches.
  • Remember the danger zone around the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to touch it. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
  • Do not damage other people’s property while waiting for the bus.
  • Avoid making excessive noise.
  • Fighting and playing at bus stops and on the way to and from school should be avoided.
  • Never run alongside the bus when the bus is moving. Wait until the bus stops and the driver/conductor signals and then walk to the door and board the bus in an orderly manner. DO NOT PUSH OR SHOVE.

While Riding On The Bus

  • Obey the Marshal/ Attendant’s instructions. The Conductor of a school bus is in complete charge of students while they are on the bus. Complaints regarding discipline on the bus should be taken to the Principal / Transport Department.
  • The Marshall / bus conductor has the authority to assign seats.
  • Students shall remain properly seated while the bus is in motion.
  • The windows of the bus must be closed at all times. On no account does any student have the right to open a window of a bus. This is in keeping with the preventive measures against any injury to the student.
  • Refrain from talking to the driver except in an emergency.
  • No one shall tamper with any equipment or operate any part of the bus.
  • Do not spoil or deface the bus. Students caught damaging bus equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or restitution.
  • There is to be no fighting or profanity on the bus or any loud disturbances.
  • Students must not wave or shout at pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles. Do not throw objects from bus windows.
  • Eating inside the bus is not permitted. Save snacks for snack time at school or till you get home. They may spill or you may choke if the bus goes over a bump.
  • Use of tobacco and its by-products or drugs, in any form, is prohibited.
  • Bullying / fighting, use of abusive language is not permitted.
  • Students are required to ride their assigned bus, unless they have written approval from the Transport Department.

While leaving the bus

  • When you leave the bus, hold the handrail.
  • In case you need to cross a street, ensure that you cross it in front of the bus. Cross only when the driver/conductor gives a signal. Cross the street in single file.
  • If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. Tell the driver or another adult.
  • If everyone is getting off the bus, the people in the front leave first. Do not push. Allow small children and/or disabled children to board/alight first.
  • Be familiar with the rules of emergencies.

Parent’s Responsibilities

Progress has been made in the improvement of safety and safety awareness in the transportation of students. However, one critical area that has not been explored to the fullest extent is the role responsibility of parents and guardians of the students. Safety awareness must begin and be consistently reinforced at home. The following points are suggested for parents:

  • Familiarize themselves with school and transport provider policies and procedures pertaining to riding a bus. Know their child’s Bus & GR number, telephone numbers of the Transport Supervisor and School (all available at the website).
  • Parents should try to establish the exact time their child should be at the bus stop in the morning. They should also recognize the dangers of students playing at the edge of a busy roadway.
  • Warn their children of the dangers of strangers who appear friendly and hang around bus stops.
  • Provide their child with a school bag to carry all their school supplies. Loose papers / materials are a serious hazard.
  • Stress the importance of remaining properly seated and reasonably quiet and disciplined while aboard the bus
  • Familiarize them with emergency procedures and danger zones around the bus and suggest they discuss these zones with their children.
  • Make sure children have their bus ID cards.
  • Parents should explain to their child that situations aboard the bus may not always be familiar. The bus might have to take an alternative route, a substitute may be driving the bus, or occasionally another bus might be used. If the child is confused, they need to be encouraged. It is in order to ask the Conductor, Lady Attendant or Driver relevant questions.
  • Parents should also support policies of the school and transport provider./li>

Responsibilities of students and their Guardians

  • Guardians to drop their children to the school bus or pick-up point well before time. In the event of any delay from their part, they bear the responsibility of dropping their children to the school without any responsibility on the part of the School Transport Department.
  • Assist in training and educating their children on the importance of safety and how to wait for the school bus and board it.
  • Report to the Management of the school / transport department regarding any offence or failure on the part of the Lady Attendant/driver/conductor/marshals.
  • The driver is responsible to return the student to the school if there is no person to collect him or her at the time of returning home and guardians are responsible for any associated outcome.
  • The student must maintain cleanliness of the bus and advise the school management or his / her guardian in case the driver or any other student breaches the rules in transit.
  • The Transport Department / School is solely entitled to deny any student from transport service in case any of the following condition apply:)
  • If the student is to blame for delaying the trip more than three times in a single academic year.
  • If the student breaches any safety rule and makes others liable to danger during the trip.
  • If the student deliberately alights from the bus before arriving to the specified drop-off point, without a prior consent.
  • If the student, against whom more than three written complaints were made during a single academic year, continues to cause troubles.

School Bus Driver’s Responsibilities

The conduct of students on a bus has a direct relationship to their safety. The position should be taken that no act or conduct that distracts the driver from safely manoeuvring the school bus through traffic and operating the bus safely will be condoned or tolerated. Swift and firm action must be taken by the driver to solve and correct these problems.

  • One of the first steps a school bus driver must take toward controlling student behavior is to set a proper example. The driver should always practice good driving habits, take personal interest in the job, keep abreast of all advancements that take place in pupil transportation and take excellent care of the equipment.
  • Secondly, the attitude toward the job and toward the students is critical. The driver must realize that it is more important to be “respected” by the students than to be “liked” by them. Students can accept and will conform to rules and regulations, which are fairly, firmly and consistently enforced. Letting some students get away with breaking the rules in order to be nice so that they will like you is a sure way for the school bus driver to have trouble! This tactic will result in students losing respect for the driver.

The School bus driver should be the best defensive driver on the road.

  • understand and obey all traffic laws.
  • attend all training sessions.
  • maintain the buses in excellent condition.
  • never over-speed.
  • physically check the bus after every trip to be sure that no child is left behind.
  • send an SMS to the Transport Department after the last child is dropped off.

Transport Supervisor / Conductor’s / Lady Attendant’s Responsibilities

The conduct of students on a bus has a direct relationship to their safety. The position should be taken that no act or conduct that distracts the driver from safely manoeuvring the school bus through traffic and operating the bus safely will be condoned or tolerated. Swift and firm action must be taken by the driver to solve and correct these problems.

  • ensure that students are picked up and dropped off at the designated points agreed upon – from home and in school
  • handle children carefully and maintain safety and discipline on the bus
  • handle children carefully and maintain safety and discipline on the bus
  • help children to cross roads, where required.
  • communicate with parents politely in a disciplined manner
  • report any misbehavior of the student to the Principal/Transport Department
  • clean the bus before and after every trip
  • take daily attendance of students and give report to the Bus Marshall
  • physically check the bus after every trip to be sure that no child is left behind and/or no important papers / bags / education materials are left behind.
  • ensure the bus is kept neat and tidy internally and externally, washed / cleaned everyday
  • Ensure that route details and student details are posted in each bus.