Safety at Kunkel
A first class safety record, a second to none driver training program and an excellent support staff is what consistently gives Kunkel Bus Lines a preferred training model which other operators strive to duplicate. If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to provide us with a comment on our services or training, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride for Students on the School Bus
- Be ready five (5) minutes early
- Watch for driver’s signal before crossing the road
- Board quickly using the handrail and go right to your seat
- Remain in your seat until your bus stops
- No eating or drinking on the bus
- Keep the aisle clear
- No shouting, fighting, or horseplay
- When leaving the bus move off the roadway as quickly as possible
Our Ongoing Commitment to Safety
Every school year our Driver Trainer Coordinator (DTC) contacts each elementary school we provide bussing services to, and schedules the Bus Evacuation Program for the fall session. The DTC maintains a primary list of school contacts in the event a program date is cancelled and needs to be rescheduled. Once the schedule has been determined, the DTC notifies the Kunkel Bus Lines Human Resources Manager as well as the Service Department of the upcoming dates for the program. This confirms the DTC’s commitment for the Bus Evacuation Program and identifies the requirement to assign buses for use in the program.
On the day of the Bus Evacuation Program the Driver Trainer Coordinator along with a training assistant, attend the designated school and discuss the importance of a proper Bus Evacuation and pertinent School Bus Safety topics.
Along with completing a full 40 minute program in the fall of each school year, Kunkel Bus Lines also ensures that the students receive a 20 minute refresher course each spring. The DTC and training assistant attend the same schools after securing appointments, and repeat the physical evacuation procedure. The students are given the opportunity to ask additional questions to ensure they understand the importance of a safe evacuation. Giving the students updated and correct information for bus safety year after year allows for better knowledge retention, and a higher possibility that they will remember the information in the event of a genuine emergency.
Parents are responsible for their children before they get on the bus and after they get off the bus. Safety is our shared commitment. It is recommended that all kindergarten, special needs and grade 1 students should be met at the bus stop by a responsible person(either by an adult or older student).
Seat Belts, Car Seats, Safety Vests:
When a student is using specialized seating, parents and bus drivers are collectively responsible for ensuring that each student is secured before the vehicle goes into motion.
- Bus cancellations and school closures are announced on many local radio stations, please see our links below
- Your bus operator will call if the bus will be more than 15-20 minutes late
- Note: If the morning bus routes were cancelled buses do not operate in the afternoon as per the School Board
Bus Cancellation Information
Please visit or listen to your local radio station for information on cancelled buses due to inclement weather:
Each person who is hired as a School Bus Driver at Kunkel Bus Lines receives all the necessary training prior to completing the Ministry of Transport road test. The training program consists of many components which add up to at least 40 hours hands-on training. The training consists of: learning the walk around inspection, learning to manoeuvre a large vehicle, backing up, tail-swing, cornering, fueling procedures, completing all Ministry of Transport and Company required documentation, learning major and
Along with an extensive driver training program for new drivers, Kunkel Bus Lines also has a thorough retraining program should anyone be involved in an accident, incident or require additional coaching following a driver evaluation. This program includes the following: cornering, backing, driving speed in and out of town, defensive driving skills, safe following distances, safe turnarounds, student management, proper mirror positioning, walk around inspection, Ministry of Transport and Company required paperwork, pick ups and drop offs and any additional topics that are deemed appropriate based on the situation.
The training program that is in place is very thorough and when a driver has completed the course, Kunkel Bus Lines is confident in his/her ability to transport students safely and efficiently. Our efforts have been validated by the fact that of the individuals who have been trained and tested based on our training curriculum, all have passed the Ministry of Transport road test – 97% the first time.
The majority of the training is completed in Hanover, Ontario at the Kunkel Bus Lines main facility. However, to master the technique of driving a school bus one needs to drive in town and put the practice into reality. When teaching drivers the different driving techniques Kunkel Bus Lines utilizes several public locations in order to enhance the Driver Training Program. When learning loading zones we go through local area schools to allow the drivers to become familiar with the facilities.
Kunkel Bus Lines hosts two safety meetings throughout the school year. All Kunkel Bus Lines drivers are required to attend these safety meetings. It is in these meetings that the drivers are updated with any new information pertaining to their role as a bus driver.
Once a driver has completed the training course and has passed the Ministry of Transport road test, he/she is required to complete a Defensive Driving course as well as First Aid/CPR training. The Defensive Driving course is facilitated by the Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario and is approved by the Ministry of Transport as the required course. The First Aid/CPR course is facilitated by St. John Ambulance and has been approved by our contracted partners in transportation as a course that provides the required components. Each driver is retrained on these courses every three years.