Processing of Funding
Funds are received into a separate bank account. Invoices are prepared by School Admin. Invoices are added to a payment batch by the Kamo High School accounts team, and then double-authorised by two of three designated people within the school.
Our TSP is Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited.
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Our TSP is Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited. This contract was tendered in 2020. The initial agreement term is 8 years.
Our Network Manager is School Admin. Two competing quotes were sought before this agreement was entered into.
The Network Agreement describes how our transport committee is constituted, how decisions are made and how finances are managed. The current agreement expires at the end of 2024.
health and safety system
We maintain a documented system of policies, procedures, registers and forms. These re reviewed on a regular basis as appropriate. Risk registers, for example, are reviewed more often than policies.
Our bus operator submits a monthly report recording incidents, risks complaints and service failures. Vehicles that have undergone a CoF check are also noted.
Our bus operator attends each committee meeting to review incidents and events, and discuss opportunities for service improvements.
Twice each term School Admin meets with the operator to review past performance and identify upcoming compliance tasks. (Note: new system to be implemented in 2023)
incident and complaint reporting
All complaints, safety reports and service incidents are reported to School Admin. Where appropriate, the bus operator completes an investigation which is then reviewed by School Admin. All reports and incidents are reported to the Committee and reviewed as appropriate.
bus operator documentation
In selecting a bus operator via the tender process, the operator supplied documentation to confirm their qualifications to operate a school bus service. The Transport Service License and Certificate of Knowledge of Law and Practice are supplied once only. The Child Protection Policy is reviewed every three years. School Admin confirms that CPP refresher training occurs on an annual basis. The Health and Safety Policy is reviewed every two years. Current insurance certificates are supplied and reviewed.
Risk management occurs in many ways within our school bus operation. The District Risk Register describes risks and controls that are prevalent across all bus routes. Route-specific risks are noted on Route Schedules. Our bus operator also maintains a risk register.
Bus stop safety is managed in accordance with our EasyBus policy. Bus stops summary reports are completed on a regular basis to confirm that stops in operation meet the required safety standards.
maintenance processes and vehicle safety
Maintenance is delivered by qualified personnel in accordance with a documented maintenance programme. Supporting documented is received and reviewed by School Admin, with copies held for access by the Committee. This monitoring process programme includes maintenance records, CoF checks sheets and daily checks by bus drivers. Driver mobile phone details are recorded on the Driver Register; there are no dead-spots within this district.
All bus drivers receive at least two half-days of training per year. This training is delivered primarily via workshops during the first and third term breaks. Schools and School Admin contribute to the agendas for these workshops. School Admin receives and reviews the report from each workshop. (Note: this process is in-development and will be activated from 2023)
Aside from the driver licensing and qualifications described above, there are three other areas of driver compliance that bus operators monitor. Where required, drivers complete logbooks in accordance with the Work Time and Logbook Rule. Drivers in this category are flagged on the Driver Register. In the same way, drivers that use prescription medication that could affect their driving are monitored. Some drivers also have conditions attached to their licenses.
Our bus operator also maintains a Drug and Alcohol policy. This policy contains provisions for pre-employment, random and post-incident testing. Schools Admin monitors compliance with this policy via EF56 meetings.