III.A. You will need to customize the discussion in this section based on the equipment that you have available. For example, if you have no buses with built-in systems, you will want to skip those references entirely.
III.B.1. There are two kinds of built-in child safety seats for school buses on the market today:
- The Integrated Child Restraint Seat, made by C.E. White Co.
- The MOMS Seating System, made by Thomas Built.
III.D.1.a. Look for the date of manufacture and the model number on each seat. If these two items are not on the seat, DO NOT USE THE SEAT. DESTROY THE SEAT.
III.E. See the discussion on Page 2 for how to provide this demonstration. Make sure that the following points are made during this session:
- Put your body weight in the child safety seat and push down while pulling the seat belt as tight as possible. This secures the seat snugly. Tug on the seat. It should not move more than one inch forward or sidewards.
- Tuck the webbing from the seat belt (used to secure the child safety seat) behind the child safety seat so that other students can't pull on them.
III.F.1. Show a seat belt cutter so that participants know what one looks like.
III.G.2. Review your local policy and procedures on whose CSS to use, the parent's or the school system's.
The advantages of using the school's equipment include:
- can track the history of the CSS
- can be sure the CSS has all its parts
- can replace parts or CSS when necessary for the safety of the child
- can select seat that fits best on the school bus
- can be certain CSS is registered assuring the school will be notified of all recalls.