For years, I was under the impression that our school district was sharing information about my son’s hearing and vision impairments with all school personnel that had interactions with my son. It was only after I started working for the district that I found out that the IEP was only getting shared with his core team of teachers (this did not include his specials such as library, music, art or lunch and playground proctors). Once learning of this, I was sure to add to my son’s IEP that ALL school personal that dealt with my son were to have access to his IEP to be made aware of his vision and hearing impairments along with special instructions on how to meaningfully interact with him.
I did not feel as though the bus drivers needed to know his whole educational plan, so I came up with another way to let them know about my son’s needs and to be assured that anyone driving my son would know about his needs. Having a direct conversation with your daily bus driver and/or aide is the best way to communicate their needs, but there is always that day that the regular driver has to take a day off and you now have a sub who does not know you son/daughter and more than likely will not be given a lot of information about the run in which he/she will be driving that day. To solve this issues, I came up with a sheet of paper that I give to the daily bus driver the very first day of school. Knowing that the bus drivers keep a folder with there directions in the bus and in the transportation office, I made a sheet that I ask the driver to place in the very front of their directions folder so that anyone driving that route would be made aware of the special circumstances. Please see below.
Have a great school year everyone!
Vice President, PPDB
NAME - ADDRESS
Important that he is dropped off/picked up at driveway and not the corner
I AM VISUALLY AND HEARING IMPAIRED
IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO ME, WE NEED TO BE FACE TO FACE AND/OR SPEAK LOUDLY
IF I GET HIT IN THE HEAD, YOU NEED TO NOTIFY MY MOM @ PHONE NUMBER AND THE SCHOOL NURSE
DURING THE FIRE DRILL, I LEAVE THROUGH THE FRONT OF THE BUS. I DO NOT JUMP FROM THE BACK OF THE BUS UNNECESSARILY.
Please cut this paper in half and staple the top section this to the inside of your bus directions folder. It is important that ANYONE (subs) driving Brock is aware of the above information.