At First Student, the safety and security of the students we transport each day is our core value, and at the forefront of everything we do. We only employ highly trained drivers. Our comprehensive background checks ensure we hire the right candidates, and we conduct regular re-checks throughout an employee’s tenure with the company.
Our driver training programs are second to none. The more than 40 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training includes units on behavior management, defensive driving techniques, and bus operations. In addition, drivers and attendants take part in an annual bullying prevention and awareness safety campaign, which helps them understand the signs, symptoms, and reasons students bully, and empowers them to take immediate action.
Our buses offer a number of safety features such as Child Check-Mate®, an electronic reminder system designed to ensure that a child is not left unattended on a bus, crossing gates to allow children to cross in front of the bus at a safe distance, onboard digital video cameras, and GPS systems, which allow us to pinpoint each bus’ exact location at all times.
We also perform regularly scheduled and ongoing vehicle maintenance checks to ensure our buses are in top operating condition. Our school buses follow a stringent daily, monthly, and annual vehicle maintenance program in addition to the multi-point inspection each driver conducts prior to beginning each route.
Our First Student team knows there is nothing more important than providing children with safe and reliable transportation. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Nebraska Panhandle, and are committed to delivering a high standard of service.