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Bus safety discussed by school board

Thursday, August 16, 2012
By theleader

Fielding school ready for students

Sandra Neff

Leader Correspondent

Jean Cannon, Box Elder School District transportation supervisor, gave the school board an update on driver training during the summer and school bus position in case of a natural disaster. “We have no plan of action,” Cannon said, “we move the busses when directed to do so by the superintendent.” Two way radio communication between district personnel and bus drivers and transportation department is available in the event cell phone communication is jammed and power is gone. Emergency drills are practiced twice a year with students riding on the bus. Drivers were also involved in an eight-hour safety in-service during the summer. The SWAT team instructed drivers on emergency procedures. Times have changed, stated Cannon. Instructions now are no negotiations, get to the problem and take care of it. Superintendent Ron Wolff said the safest place for students to be during such an emergency may be at school and the district would not try to transport them immediately. Some schools are also designated as shelters so people will be moving toward and not away from the school. With a new school year upon us, parents can find out bus routes and pickup points by going online, according to Cannon.

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