Monday, May 27, 2013

No Food (or drinks) on the Bus!

I subscribe to Google news using keywords such as "school" and "school bus". These keywords are used to pull relevant articles and then Google sends them to me via e-mail every day. The other day, there was an article that detailed a bus driver's heroic actions to save a child from choking on a piece of hard candy. The child is in 4th grade and is 10 years old, clearly old enough by some standards to handle sucking on a piece of hard candy responsibly.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/23/new_orangevillearea_school_bus_driver_credits_safety_training_for_helping_her_save_student_from_choking.html

Every year we go through safety training for this very reason. We learn CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, and other ways of managing potential emergencies that arise on the school bus. None of us expect to use any of our training, but when faced with a child choking, or one having an allergic reaction or other type of emergency, we jump into action.

Parents wonder why we do not allow our students to consume food items on the buses. For one thing, it makes a mess, but the primary reason is displayed in the article above, the REAL possibility that a child could CHOKE. Parents can deny this all they want and tell us that it won't happen to their child. Thing is, this child in the article above, was a very responsible child who just happened to choke on a piece of candy which stopped her from breathing. It can happen to the most responsible of children. Choking isn't limited to candy either. Buses travel over varied terrain from dirt to paved roads, uphill and downhill, all it takes is a serious bump from the bus turning, or running over an unforeseen pothole to cause a child to inhale sharply while eating on the bus. In my district, there was a child who choked from sucking on hard candy on the bus when she was 14, so choking is a very real hazard.

Parents - the next time you ask us to make a concession for your child to eat on the bus and you get told "no" consider that we are simply looking out for your child's safety and do not want to have to perform CPR/Heimlich Maneuver to save your child because they choked on food you allowed them to bring from home and consume on the bus.

Safety Conscious!

The Bus Driver

4 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

Again, I completely agree. I wish some parents would pull their heads out of their rear ends, and see that these policies really ARE for the well-being of their children!!

Anonymous said...

I believe that parents should have a better understanding of the risks that take place on simple things like a school bus. To me, it seems that not only should parents pay more attention to what their children bring on the bus, but also pay more attention to how their child really acts when they are not around. SImple things like this could be avoided if parents would seem to take more initiative with controlling how their child acts when they are not around.

Anonymous said...

I believe that parents should have a better understanding of the risks that take place on simple things like a school bus. To me, it seems that not only should parents pay more attention to what their children bring on the bus, but also pay more attention to how their child really acts when they are not around. SImple things like this could be avoided if parents would seem to take more initiative with controlling how their child acts when they are not around.

Sarah said...

Parents just don't understand just about anything that happens on the school bus, and neither do the children. I will tell children to put their snacks away until I'm blue in the face, and lo and behold, I'll still find empty soda bottles and wrappers on the floor, or crumbs on the seats. Of course they all have the mentality of "this can never happen to me or my child", but it still does and parents still don't understand. I think all parents and children that ride buses should go through a mandatory class at the beginning of each year that shows them both what can and will go wrong when they misbehave on a school bus. Our school district just had a rollover last week, and standing up on my bus went down immediately after the news broke. Fear seems to be the only thing that gets through to some kids.