Ten students were killed in the school bus loading and unloading zone during the 2013-2014 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kansas State Department of Education. Five children were struck by a school bus and five by passing motorists.
Twelve-year-old Jazmin Hernandez of Glenwood, Arkansas was hit Monday afternoon when a vehicle failed to yield to her stopped school bus, and died the following day. The driver of the sports utility vehicle was identified Wednesday as Dwight L. Moody, 88, of Delight.
Last week there were no reported student fatalities around school buses or bus stops during National School Bus Safety Week, which is welcome news after recent tragedies in Arkansas and Florida. To raise awareness of unsafe driving around school buses and bus stops, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation conducted a one-day survey of illegal bus passing on Oct. 21.
PHOENIX - School bus drivers should be trained to recognize abrupt personality changes and other aberrant behavior in their riders to help prevent the gun violence plaguing school campuses from spilling over onto school buses.
A webinar on school bus evacuation planning emphasized that no students, especially those with disabilities or special needs, should ever be put on a school bus unless transportation staff knows how to get them to safety in the event of an emergency.