Are Educational Assistants to buckle in students?  

  • According to the Manitoba School Bus Drivers Handbook the seatbelts, straps, and lifts are actual bus equipment that only bus drivers are trained to use.  Just like driving the bus, it is their responsibility.  Educational Assistants are not  to help the bus driver fasten seatbelts, straps, or operate lifts.
  • If there is incident where you do help fasten seatbelts the bus driver should still do a visual check of everyone on the bus to ensure the buckles are all fastened.
  • There is also a Provincial Policy in the Manitoba School Bus Drivers Handbook that students are not allowed to eat or drink while on the buses