Each school is inspected by the fire marshal annually. Fire drills are held several times throughout the year, to make sure that students know what to do and how to act quickly.
Lakota buses travel about 10,000 miles every school day. Bus drivers have excellent safety records. Should an accident occur, though, drivers and staff are trained to make sure students are safe.
Each bus is equipped with a radio that provides instant communication with the Transportation Department and emergency services. In any accident involving students who might be injured, the Transportation Director and other staff members will immediately go to the accident scene.
Because students who have been involved in a traffic accident may be scared or in shock, teachers and staff from the students’ school will also go to the scene, where they will comfort and assist the students.
School buses in Ohio do not contain seat belts; studies have shown that it’s difficult to ensure that children wear the belts, and that the potential risk of injury from students who wear the belts improperly or of groups of students being strapped into a bus unable to free themselves outweigh the safety factors. Instead, buses are designed to “compartmentalize” students with higher seat backs and more padding.
Students are taught to approach, enter, and leave buses safely. All Lakota buses have a safety arm designed to prevent students from crossing in front of buses unnoticed.
Bus evacuation drills are held three times each year.
Every school has a registered nurse who can provide medical attention on the spot when needed.
Teachers and coaches who supervise students on field trips and other activities off-campus carry each student’s emergency medical form
to ensure the proper treatment if a student becomes ill away from school.
Students who are required to take any medication during the school day must have signed parental permission
Many Lakota employees are certified in CPR and are trained to use the Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) placed in Lakota buildings.