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Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 11:29am Age: 1 year
Category: Otisville Elementary


“This is a very good idea,” said first grader Collin of today’s bus safety exercises at Otisville. Collin doesn’t take the bus to school, but he sees the value in learning bus safety rules. “In case my Mom can’t drive me to school,” he explained.

London was happy to be outdoors but carried himself as a veteran rider: “I’ve been learning these rules for three years,” he said, hands in his pockets.

This week, first graders were the first to engage in the annual transportation department’s K-1 bus safety training. Covering all aspects of safe ridership, with an emphasis on crossing safety, this review and reinforcement of safety rules is especially critical for younger students who have little or no experience in bus riding.

“It’s good to practice, but I already know all the rules,” Sofia said. But even the most confident riders demonstrated the need for a refresher. Several students neglected to look both ways before exiting the bus and were sent back up the steps for a do over.  

“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our students, and we are always seeking ways of enhancing their safe transport to and from school,” said Pam Reyer, School Bus Driver Instructor (SBDI) and Safety Trainer. She leads the teams of bus drivers implementing the training. 

In October, the annual Family Bus Program for K-5 will bring bus drivers into the classrooms to help students make the connection between the school and transportation staff.