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Are Emergency Policies and Procedures Important for School Bus Drives in North Carolina?

By John Jensen, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In North Carolina and other states, school boards of policies and procedures are often times available on the school Board’s website. Is it important to have these procedures in place? The answer is “Yes”. Is it important to follow these policies and procedures? The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes”. Emergency policies and procedures are an important part of every school Board’s procedure manual. For each and every school district, bus drivers and assistants should be aware of these policies and procedures. Training is vital for those who driver and / or supervise children being transported to and from school and / or field trip activities. At times, a school employee fails to follow a procedure or policy regarding transportation and supervision. In these instances, injuries can take place.

In North Carolina, a fire was recently reported on the school bus. Fortunately, the school bus driver acted quickly and removed the children from the bus in a calm and organized manner. This school bus driver should be commended for acts of heroism. The photograph and video of the bus in flames would cause concern to any parent. There were no injuries reported from this incident but if the policies and procedures were not followed or if the school bus driver was not paying close attention then certain tragedy would have happened in the form of personal injuries and wrongful death. It is as important to report the stories in which the children are injured as the stories in which the children are are saved. We can all learn from from our successes as well as our failures. The focus should always be the safety of the children. The book titled The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child What Every Parent Should Know has chapters on school injuries, day care center injuries, damages and compensation, medical treatment, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. If you have a concern about a child injury while being transported by a school or day care center, contact a Child Injury Lawyer for consultation and legal representation. Child injury cases for the most part are handled on a contingency basis meaning No Recovery and No Fees.

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