Student Safety Programs
The RCJTC has partnered with Intertrain to provide in school training annually in the early fall on how to ride the bus safely. Intertrain has been in business since 2003 and has been the leader in in-school, student school bus safety and behaviour training in Ontario. Currently performing live and in-effect at 23 Ontario school boards from Sault Ste. Marie in the North, to Ottawa in the East, to Sarnia in the West, to Niagara in the South, Intertrain provides exciting, dynamic programs for two grade ranges.
"The Safe Rider Program Starring Buster the Bus"is a 100% annually revised and re-themed program for primary students in junior kindergarten to grade 3. With a focus on basic safety, students are provided with the most comprehensive, interactive and exciting program available today. Two trainers, Buster the robotic school bus, a huge projection screen and on-screen cartoon characters provide a program covering topics from how to walk to the bus stop and wait for the bus safely, to boarding the bus, appropriate riding behaviours, and getting off the bus and crossing in front. Each attending student is provided with a bi-annually revised activity book to take home for review.
"The Rider Role Model Program Starring YOU!"is a 100% annually revised and re-themed program for junior/intermediate students in grades 4 to 8. Focusing on both safety as well as behaviour, these exciting, immersive programs appeal to older students' sense of maturity and desire to be seen as positive role-models for younger school bus riders. Topics include basic safety, the danger zone, bullying, respect, vandalism and much more. Often game-show themed, these exciting programs capture the attention of your junior/intermediate students and give a fresh approach to communicating expected behaviours and safety rules to a hard to reach audience. Each of the 14 student volunteers involved as volunteer participants receive a special gift to take home.
All of our programs utilize age-appropriate materials and teaching principles reviewed by a Master's in Education. These 30 minute programs are held in the school gymnasium for groups of 250 to 300 students per session. Feedback is gathered from teachers for each session performed and is provided to the Consortium in a "year-end binder" along with session dates and times as well as a list of the content taught.