Transportation is often a child’s first encounter with the educational system each day. Safe, reliable transportation services represent an essential gateway for children and their families to access and participate in early education and out of school time settings.

 

Transportation Safety Awareness

In an effort to increase public awareness about the safe transportation of children, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids USA have joined together to implement the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.  The “Look Before You Lock” campaign promotes the importance of double-checking cars, vans, and buses for children who might have been left behind.  (A total of 15 children have already died in 2012 from heat stroke after being left in unattended vehicles. In 2011 a total of 33 similar deaths were confirmed. The “Look Before You Lock” campaign includes safety tips for parents, families, child care providers and other caretakers of children. To access the full complement of “Look Before You Lock” campaign materials, visit: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heat-involved.htm.

In addition, the Department of Early Education and Care has also developed a “Beat the Heat” tip sheet for the safe transportation of children especially during warmer weather.
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Transportation Safety Training - Look Before You Lock

The Department of Early Education and Care has developed a training presentation on ensuring the safe transport of children.  This training is intended to increase awareness in all adults, including parents and caregivers, about the risks of hyperthermia in vehicles and best practices to prevent this from occurring.  The presentation is available online at: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/Workforce_Dev/transport-safety/20120801-look-before-u-lock.pps.
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This presentation contains audio. To avoid long delays in downloading, it is best to right click on the link and choose SAVE to save the file on your computer system, rather than open it directly from the link.  Once the document has been saved on your computer you will be able to open it without delay. 

MAC/Apple users, who are experiencing problems accessing the presentation, should try viewing this version of the Look Before You Lock training ppt format of    Look Before You Lock Transportation Training  file size 20MB using "Keynote".

 

Drivers Transportation Training

In addition to the transportation safety training "Look Before You Lock" (see link, above), this Drivers Transportation Training is required for all individuals who are employed or contracted to drive children to early education and care programs and for all transportation monitors. The presentation is available online at: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/Workforce_Dev/transport-safety/20120925-safe-transportation4drivers.ppt

This presentation contains audio. To avoid long delays in downloading, it is best to right click on the link and choose SAVE to save the file on your computer system, rather than open it directly from the link.  Once the document has been saved on your computer you will be able to open it without delay.

 

If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your system, a PowerPoint viewer is available at the following link. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13

Transportation Policy: Procedures for the Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Children by Transportation Providers and Parent/Program Notification - 6.06 CMR 7.13