Each and every school day, millions of students nationwide and thousands within Garfield Re-2 are safely transported to and from school on the yellow school bus.
The Transportation Research Board says, “There is no safer way for children to get to and from school than a yellow school bus,” and the U.S. Department of Transportation says that school buses have the best safety record of any form of transportation.
The drivers in Garfield Re-2 are a testament to these nationwide statistics. Director of Transportation Sanja Morgan’s crew has a stellar safety record and takes the delivery of students to and from school very seriously.
Over the course of the school year, the transportation experts of Garfield Re-2 will be at each and every school instructing about bus safety.
“We have an excellent safety record,” said Karen Faber, Garfield Re-2 driver trainer. “We haven’t had any major accidents. To keep the students safe, there are things they need to know to help us. It also helps explain to the teachers and staff what we require in the case of an evacuation.”
October 16-22 was National Bus Safety Week, and the Garfield Re-2 transportation crew spent time at Kathryn Senor Elementary, training students in bus safety.
The students are taught how to properly exit a bus, the importance of sitting facing forward, and how the concept of compartmentalization on a school bus can keep the students safe.
The transportation department uses an egg carton to demonstrate the concept and shows how if the egg is sitting in its compartment, you can almost turn the egg carton over and the egg stays in place. If the egg is not seated properly, it falls out and breaks almost immediately.
Another part of the safety lesson for students who are third grade and older is an evacuation drill from a “fogged” bus. Using a fog machine, the transportation department fills the bus with safe, white smoke. Students then use the skills that the transportation department has given them to safely exit the bus.
“The kids seem to like it. It definitely keeps their attention,” added Faber.
In association with the training, the transportation department is also holding an essay contest for the second year. This year’s prompt is, “Stay back, stay back, stay back from the yellow and black,” or the danger zone around the bus.
Students will compete against students of similar age throughout the district. All students will receive a prize, and winners in each age division will receive a larger prize.
“The essay contest helps us to see if the kids are learning what we want them to learn. It makes them think of different things that are important to them,” added Faber.
She added that it also provides the students with another opportunity to practice their writing skills and assist with the district writing goals for student achievement.
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Garfield Re-2 is proud to announce Ernestina Ramirez as the volunteer of the month. Ernestina is a volunteer at Roy Moore Elementary and is at the school daily helping with the English Language Learner program. The business partner of the month is Mancinelli’s Pizza for their support of the Wamsley and Rifle Middle School programs. Thanks for all you do.
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