Those who work in public education have more than test scores and lunch menus to oversee. Many districts run transportation systems that bus students to and from school – systems that fall under DOT testing regulations.
I can only imagine the organization involved in assigning bus numbers, drawing bus routes and maintaining a large fleet of school buses. Throw in hiring drivers and training them on how to operate a very large vehicle AND tolerate screaming children… that is no easy feat. So throwing in drug and alcohol testing to meet DOT regulations might be a little much.
Alcohol testing forgotten in Long Island?
Unfortunately, when a bus driver is arrested for a DUI shortly after dropping off children, it makes national headlines. The vodka bottle found in the bus is a juicy detail. Google tends to pick up stories like this.
The bosses at Three Village School District near Long Island are probably banging their heads against the wall. If implementing drug and alcohol testing wasn’t enough – now they get to do a crisis communication campaign to assure parents their school bus drivers are sober … and this incident will not happen again.
School bus sobriety
It is a no brainer – school bus drivers need to be sober. Drinking on the job is not acceptable anywhere, particularly in transportation. But it is even more important that those driving children receive alcohol testing (and pass with flying colors.)
This story coming out of Long Island made me think of my friends at Test Smartly Labs. With locations all across the country, school districts find relief when Test Smartly Labs performs all drug and alcohol testing. Let ARCpoint worry about the drug and alcohol test so you can focus on what matters most – the kids.