At First Student, safety is a core value and a way of life for all of our employees. Safety has always been at the heart of everything we do. As a result, we’re twice as safe as the industry average. We're also the only school transportation company in our industry to have received the prestigious National Safety Council (NSC) Green Cross for Safety® medal, the highest award for safety in North America. We provide a safe, secure ride through our people, technologies and the following best practices:
- Extensive, industry-leading driver training and best practices, rigorous background checks and substance screenings of all drivers.
- Age-appropriate conduct expectations for students and positive behavioral-specific reinforcement for safe, appropriate bus behavior.
- Technology such as the Child Check-Mate System® that helps to reduce the chance of a student being left behind on a bus.
- GPS devices on all buses to effectively respond to parent/guardian concerns in near-real-time while also monitoring driver performance for speeding or excessive idling.
First Student’s school bus drivers and monitors are an elite team of highly trained professionals committed to safely delivering your students to and from school. As local, familiar faces that live in the communities we serve, our drivers are dedicated to providing the highest levels of service.
School buses are the safest mode of transportation to get students back and forth to school. Because we never stop innovating to advance safety and efficiency, we actively pursue opportunities to make buses even safer. As such, we have either developed or have been the first to adopt many of the features that are now standard on today’s school buses.
Our comprehensive maintenance program is designed to fit your district’s fleet usage while incorporating all manufacturer recommended service levels as well as local, state, provincial and federal regulations.