Procedure for loading and unloading child care vehicles
There is no margin for error in leaving children behind in vehicles. Procedures to assure vehicles are empty before securing them on the premises may vary slightly by vehicle. Some vehicles are more prone to having blind spots where sleeping children may not be noticed. Below you will find guidelines to prevent a child from being left behind or in a vehicle.
The most effective procedure for loading and unloading the bus ensures that everyone is accounted for. A “head-count” alone is not good enough but counting children does have its purposes.
Pick up and drop off
When picking up from an elementary school, the child care center will call the parent if their child is not present.
Each child who was checked onto the vehicle must be checked off as having exited the vehicle. Again, there is no margin for error in leaving children behind in vehicles. With hot summer temperatures a child left sleeping in a vehicle is likely to be overcome by heat related illness in a short amount of time.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.