Oxford, Mississippi (November 15, 2018) — During a recent OSD Professional Development Day, Oxford School District’s Special Education Department provided bus monitoring training to all teacher assistants. OSD’s special education buses provide specialized bus monitors to ensure the safety of students. As a collaborative effort between the Special Education Department and the OSD Transportation Department, the teaching assistants were trained on bus protocols, parent interactions, behaviors, carseats, seatbelts, and medical issues.
OSD Nurse Agena Boles conducted the majority of the training including instructions on managing medical needs such as asthma, allergies, seizures and autism. Demonstrations on wheelchair securement, correct buckling of seat belts and how to properly secure a child in a carseat were also reviewed. Scott Cofer from the OSD’s Transportation department provided a bus for the training in order for participants to practice with the wheelchair lift.
Kathy Howington, Assistant Director of SPED, also offered “do’s and don’ts” when working with parents and how to deal with problematic behaviors on the bus. Overall, the teacher assistants took away lots of new information that will make the bus rides for our students even safer.
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