With school back in session you can expect to see a lot more traffic around town and kids riding the school bus. But how safe are your kids when riding the bus? James Johnson has more, James. We visited U.I.S.D. to talk about school bus safety and the tools they have in place to make sure the kids riding the bus are safe. Last year over 16,000 students used the bus to transfer back and forth from school. The 300 buses used by U.I.S.D. traveled an estimated 2.5 million miles. With this number of students using U.I.S.D. bus transportation, safety is of the up most importance when students are traveling on the bus. According to U.I.S.D. transportation director, Joe Aranda all the buses in U.I.S.D.'s fleet are equipped with cameras, gps, and two way radios in case of an emergency.
[cg:newsuper\joe aranda\uisd transportation director] 13:22:57:06 cell phones, radios, gps all these things help us out in order to run a network as big as united and run it efficiently and effective
13:17:48:17 when parents call and there trying to track down their kids there able to call the office and were able to immediately let them know where the school bus is and if they need to reach their kids.
The cameras help to record what's happening on the bus in the event of an emergency. It also allows the school district to go back and review any kind of situation that may need to be looked at later. The gps system allows U.I.S.D. dispatch to know exactly where a bus is located and the two way radios help the school district to always be connected with the drivers. Aside from those tools, every bus is equipped with red alert lights so drivers can slow down.
[cg:newsuper\joe aranda\uisd transportation director] 13:18:17:18 we expect the riding public to help us as much as they can and respect those red lights, cause when kids get off the bus they're excited. They just got out of school and heading home and sometimes they're not as alert as they should be.
But happens when your kids being bullied on the bus, or worse a fight breaks out? What can the school bus driver do to make sure your kids get home safe?
[cg:newsuper\joe aranda\uisd transportation director] 13:24:32:07 when there’s a physical altercation the driver and the monitor are trained to separate the students. One will sit in the front and the other will sit in the back. Whatever the case may be.
Bus drivers are trained to resolve issues on the bus but if need be bus drivers can also contact U.I.S.D. police via radio to assist.
[cg:newsuper\joe aranda\uisd transportation director] 13:29:23:23 bus transportation at the end of the day is not a right but a privilege. 13:30:02:04 we want the kids to go to school and feel safe and were not going to allow students to create problems
U.I.S.D. says if your kid ever has an issue on the bus to contact the school, so they can immediately address the issue. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.