Local Students Learn About Bus Safety

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Updated: 10/21/2013 8:26 pm
Before many children go to school, they first have to get on a bus. On Monday, students at Pass Road Elementary took a look at what it would be like if they were a bus driver. Savannah, a student at Pass Road Elementary, says, "I think it would be hard because you have to control all those kids on the bus." Students watched a video that showed them that bus drivers aren't grouchy, but that they just need children to follow the bus rules so they are safe. Ruthie Braggart White, a Safety Council member at Pass Road Elementary, says, "They are the most precious cargo that we carry: their lives, and some of them don't understand and think we're being mean or harsh when we try to explain bus rules and regulations to them." Children learned that you walk on the bus, not run, hold onto the hand railing, and sit in the front seats. The key factor in these bus rules is safety. White also says, "A student can move on the bus, distract the driver, and in a split second, cause an accident." While some students may not even ride the bus, administrators agree that it's important for all students to know about bus safety. Jonathon Dill, Principal at Pass Road Elementary, says, "They may be going on field trips one day when they're in high school or middle school. They will be riding the bus if they're part of a sporting group or band. They'll need to know the procedures on the bus, so that's why we're going ahead and educating them early." The lesson was finished by showing the children where and how to get through emergency exits. Today's training seminar was part of helping to kick off Red Ribbon Week. In addition to teaching children about drugs and violence, this year’s theme adds in healthy and safe lifestyles.
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