School bus in­ci­dent in Yel­low­head County

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint - Spe­cial to the Post

At ap­prox­i­mately 4pm on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12, 2016, stu­dents trav­el­ling home on a school bus trav­el­ling on High­way 748 were in­volved in a mi­nor col­li­sion on its reg­u­lar route from Ed­son schools. Emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel as­sessed all peo­ple in­volved as a pre-cau­tion­ary mea­sure be­fore stu­dents were re­leased on­site to an­other bus to be taken home al­though some fam­i­lies chose to pick up their stu­dents on­site. Five stu­dents were sent to the lo­cal hospi­tal for fur­ther as­sess­ment as a pre-cau­tion­ary mea­sure be­fore be­ing re­leased that evening.

We take very se­ri­ously the trust that fam­i­lies place into us in en­sur­ing that their chil­dren are kept safe and se­cure, es­pe­cially when trav­el­ling on our school buses.

Grande Yel­low­head does have emer­gency cri­sis pro­to­cols to fol­low in­clud­ing a call out to 911 ser­vices al­though each sit­u­a­tion is unique, and the steps taken may be dif­fer­ent each time. How­ever, at no time should any child or staff mem­ber un­der our care be sub­ject to any un­due risk, in­clud­ing ac­cess to emer­gency med­i­cal as­sis­tance if needed.

When in­ci­dents such as Mon­day’s ac­ci­dent, are cur­rently un­der in­ter­nal investigation as well as from the R.C.M.P., it is not the di­vi­sion’s pol­icy to dis­cuss de­tails un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted. On Tues­day, De­cem­ber 13th, Grande Yel­low­head con­tacted Yel­low­head County rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ar­range a meet­ing for Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 15 to specif­i­cally dis­cuss what had hap­pened. We also wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to in­ves­ti­gate any changes in pro­to­cols to en­sure align­ment of fu­ture ex­pec­ta­tions from both our or­ga­ni­za­tions. We con­tinue to look for­ward to work­ing to­gether with all our com­mu­nity part­ners to en­sure the health and safety of all.

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