Since the beginning of the time when VBAS started using buses, the transportation of individuals to and from this facility from surrounding counties has been part of the services we’ve been pleased and blessed to have. As a result of numerous efforts, we’ve also made this system safer and comfortable for the riders; given the fact that some routes last nearly an hour before some individuals reach their final destination. Also, we operate on a year round schedule.
In addition to the standard requirements that school buses must have, we also went a step further by including air conditioning and seat belts. A camera system was added to ensure safety and compliances with all policies and laws.
Our drivers not only drive the buses, they also work on staff here when not driving the buses. VBAS serves six counties and and travels nearly a thousand miles per day on regular routes; in addition to field trips. For the most part, there are also aides on the buses when needed for obvious purposes because of the type of school we are. The school and the buses operate on a year round schedule.
It’s important for motorists to be patient when one of our buses stops to load or unload individuals as in some cases; a lift may be needed for this process.
Throughout the year, drivers and other staff periodically get refreshers as to the current standard and laws to apply to our special situation. Riders are also given safety reminders as to safe loading and unloading practices as well as go through evacuation drills. There’s no substitute for being as safe as we possibly can, and it never hurts to be reminded from time to time about such practices.
So as you can see from this information, that’s the extent we’ll go to insure that the ride on the bus is as safe as it possibly can be within the laws and standards of our policy. In the wake of last year’s incident which made national news, we’ve stepped up proactive measures to insure nothing like the Midland City hostage crisis ever happens here. The child hostage was a special needs individual himself, but we’re all thankful he wasn’t killed during that week-long ordeal