School Bus Safety Patrol Program

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services (NPSSTS) facilitates the nomination and coordinates the training of students in the Districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound chosen for the School Bus Safety Patrol program. Patrollers receive the training outlined below so that they are better equipped to handle emergency situations. Our goal is to have Bus Patrollers on all school buses under contract with the NPSSTS, especially those transporting elementary students.

Background

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) introduced the School Safety Patrol Program in 1929. In the over 80 years since the program began, no patrollers have ever been injured in the performance of their duties.

There are more than 85,000 school safety patrollers across Canada (including those at pedestrian crossings and those on school buses).

Over 800 schools in Ontario participate in School Safety Patrol programs.

84 patrollers have been given the 'CAA/Governor General Lifesaving Medal' for saving the life of a person while performing their duties. This medal is only awarded in outstanding cases.

Benefits

Patrollers enhance safety:

  • for young students who must cross the road to board their bus in the morning or after they have disembarked in the afternoon. Patrollers do not cross the road with students: they assist by watching for traffic and giving a signal to cross when the bus driver indicates it is safe to do so.
  • by being an extra pair of eyes. Several years ago, in Parry Sound, a patroller avoided a potentially serious accident. The patroller noticed a vehicle passing the bus on the shoulder of the road and stopped the students from getting off the bus until the vehicle had passed.
  • through modeling good behaviour and gently reminding young students of the bus rules.
  • due to their knowledge of how to assist the driver in an emergency and by taking charge and getting help on the way, if the driver becomes incapacitated.

Training

A Police Officer (municipal or OPP) instructs the patrollers on their general duties, how to recognize an emergency, and how to get help when necessary.

Staff from Lebros Fire and Safety and/or the local Fire Department trains the students on Emergency Evacuation procedures and the use of fire extinguishers.

A Paramedic and/or an instructor from St. John Ambulance provides Emergency First Aid training.

 
 

 

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services is committed to supporting an inclusive and accessible environment.
Please ask us how we may help you by contacting us by telephone at 705-472-8840 or via email at: accessibility@npssts.ca