Our school \"Bus Emergency Plan\" for your comments

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By Gail W on Sun, 08-26-07, 14:55

Seems there are several threads now re school buses. I thought I'd go ahead and post our current Transportation Plan that is currently under review. Any comments or input would be greatly appreciated.

Just a little background, the bus company now requires *all* bus drivers in the disctirct to attend a presentation by a school district nurse on LTFAs and how to administer the epi-pen. So every driver is trained re the use of epi-pens. Our plan (below) is a part of Mariah's 504 plan and what is required of the driver of Mariah's route.

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Appendix F
[b]Bus Emergency Plan for Mariah X[/b]
X Middle School
August 2007

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By ajas_folks on Sun, 08-26-07, 21:03

Gail --
Don't know if my questions as to format & content are really just due to limitations of board format, or typo/accidental omission:

The Anaphylaxis section has "Bus Emergency Plan Steps" up through #9 -- but #6 - 9 are omitted in the Asthma section.

Also, the Anaphlaxis & Contact Reaction sections have "Heading" called "Bus Emergency Plan Steps" whereas the Asthma section does not. Thinking in terms of hurried, rattled bus driver & making it as easy as possible to read & find the "what to do short list" in each case (AnA, Contact, Asthma).

Is this Emergency Plan a revised version of one you have been using along the way, or is this brand new for you? (Forgive me, this may be answered in one of the other bus threads going right now.) Along the way, have other members of your 504 team had any input or changes to this, & if so what were they, if you don't mind my asking?

Sort of related -- are/were there restrictions as to [i] where [/i] (which seats) Mariah may or may not ride?

~Elizabeth

I really did know how to punctuate once upon a time.

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By ajas_folks on Sun, 08-26-07, 21:24

Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
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Mariah rides bus L12. Per Mariah

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By Gail W on Mon, 08-27-07, 15:20

Thanks for your comments Elizabeth.

One driver is designated to this route. It's 'his' route for the whole year. If he calls in sick, there is a pool of substitute drivers. So the driver + the pool of subs is trained per above. *All* drivers receive a general training on LTFAs and epi-pen administration. Any/all training is documented by the school nurse who conducted the training. This is one form she uses: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000895.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/000895.html[/url]

And you are right. I left off the remaining steps in the asthma section. My mistake in transcribing. I'll go back in and add it.

Mariah meets her driver the first day that she rides the bus. She will know his name ahead of that, and yes, she can confirm that by the identification badge all staff are required to wear.

Mariah hasn't taken the bus yet because the driver hasn't received the training yet. So essentially they have not provided the necessary accommodation that make the bus accessible for her (i.e. no training = no access).

So I am driving her. I'm irritated by this <> but will drive her until they meet the accommodations. Sorta similar to gvmom's point that I'm providing a 'substitute treat box' . . . I'm providing a similar 'out' by providing a 'subtitute ride'. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] KMIM?

Adding link to thread re driver training as it contains some very good sites posted by #I Mouser: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/003141.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/003141.html[/url]

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited August 27, 2007).]

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By ajas_folks on Wed, 08-29-07, 16:52

Gail --

Playing devil's advocate here -- so how would this need to be handled by the school district if you (any LTFA family) were unable (or even unwilling) to provide own transportation? Would it just force the bus co's to get training done immediately so child could be transported? Would school have to find alternate transportation so to allow access to school & be in compliance? Or would child not be able to attend school at all?

(I'm pretty sure I know the answer here, but thought it would be good info to have here connected to your great doc in opening post.)

Thanks!
~Eliz

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By ryan's mom on Wed, 08-29-07, 17:05

Our plan is similar as per school policy.

One question though. Is Transportation in-house or outsourced?

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By Gail W on Wed, 08-29-07, 20:42

Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b]Gail --

Playing devil's advocate here -- so how would this need to be handled by the school district if you (any LTFA family) were unable (or even unwilling) to provide own transportation? [/b]

Exactly. That's what I mean when I posted:

Quote:originally posted by Gail W:
Sorta similar to gvmom's point that I'm providing a 'substitute treat box' . . . I'm providing a similar 'out' by providing a 'substitute ride'. KMIM?

When I made the original post on the 26th they had not yet trained her driver. Mariah and I had planned that I would drive her the first week, because that's what she wanted. Our plan was that she'd begin on the second week of school (Monday 27th). If she had wanted to ride the bus on the first day of school, then I would have had to press the issue. (The issue being that until training was completed, they were denying her access to the bus.)

[b]Would it just force the bus co's to get training done immediately so child could be transported? [/b]

Yes.

[b]Would school have to find alternate transportation so to allow access to school & be in compliance? Or would child not be able to attend school at all?[/b]

In our case, our plan states that if the driver isn't trained a staff person who [i]is [/i] trained will accompany her:

[i]"In the event a driver has not been trained, a staff member who has received training will ride with Mariah or her parent will be called for transportation."[/i]

So one of the Middle School staff such as a teacher, school nurse, school counselor, or principal is required to accompany her. Last week she could have ridden the bus and a staff person would have ridden too.

But Mariah and I agreed that I'd drive her the first week of school. The school knew this because I told them. So they waited until the day she was starting to ride the bus to train the driver.

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By lilpig99 on Wed, 08-29-07, 21:20

Does she get a total of 2 benadryl strips or is the second one optional? On your plan, it says she 'may' get the second one after the first is dissolved...just wondering if you need to change that to 'will'.

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By Gail W on Wed, 08-29-07, 22:02

I love your eye for detail! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b]Is this Emergency Plan a revised version of one you have been using along the way, or is this brand new for you? [/b]

Mariah is almost 14 (8th grade) and just started riding the bus at the end of last year. So the plan was written last spring by the 504 team, and was just recently revised (along with all her other 504 documents) at the start of this school year.

Quote:Along the way, have other members of your 504 team had any input or changes to this, & if so what were they, if you don't mind my asking?

The main issue for me was that if the driver wasn't trained that another adult who was trained in LTFAs and epi-pen would accompany Mariah. Last year we wrote the plan and did the training sort all at once after the semester break. During those 504 team meetings I asked, [i]"So what if next year the driver doesn't get trained by the start of school?"[/i] to which the school counselor responded, [i]"Then another staff member who is trained should go with her." [/i] That's what the 504 team agreed. I think it came from years of discussions about the difference between a student's right to carry (epi) and the need to have access to an adult who can administer it.

One of the team members, trying to remember if it was the nure or the principal, wanted Mariah to show the driver that she had her epi each time she boarded the bus. That didn't fly. BUt there was a concern about making sure that Mariah *had* her epi on her person, and the role driver had in monitoring that. It was left that driver would note that Mariah had either her backpack or her purse as she has 2 epis in both.

Quote:Sort of related -- are/were there restrictions as to [i] where [/i] (which seats) Mariah may or may not ride?

No. They suggested that she sit in the first or second seat behind the driver, but Mariah didn't like that at all. She has a group of friends on the bus, and that's the entire reason she's motivated to ride the bus. So limiting her seating was rejected. The only 'restriction' that we ended up really trying to figure out was whether or not Mariah should move to the front if she felt she was having symptoms. She didn't want to, of course, but the nurse and I thought she should. And so despite Mariah's objections, that's the plan.

Quote:Does she get a total of 2 benadryl strips or is the second one optional?

She can have up to 2. Benadryl really zonks her out, and she doesn't like to take it for that reason. So this is at her option.

Your comments/questions have been very helpful for me, ajas_folks and lilpig ! Thank you.

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited August 29, 2007).]

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By McCobbre on Fri, 09-05-08, 01:32

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