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Kimberly School District Keeping Students Safe While On The Bus
Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) This week is national school bus safety week, and school districts across the magic valley want to remind drivers to slow down when they're near a school bus.
Shonia Gaston is going on to her 13th year driving school buses for students in the magic valley.
She says, everyday is an adventure from interacting with students to keeping them safe.
"We teach and work with them every day to keep them safe. We teach them how to sit properly on the bus, how to cross the road safely, and following the rules,” said Gaston.
According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 13 times safer than passenger cars and, nearly 10 times safer than walking or biking to school.
"Yellow school buses are the safest transportation statistically throughout the nation for students going to and from school,” said Ted Wasko, Kimberly School District.
There are more than 16 drivers in the Kimberly School District. They transport 400-500 students.
"We have an extensive safety program. The drivers do a pre-trip inspection on the bus every day before they drive the bus. We do 60-day annual inspections on the bus,” said Wasko.
Before Gaston begins her route, she runs through her checklist to make sure everything is properly working.
"Safety of the kids is the upmost important to us. When you see the big yellow buses slowdown and stop. It takes only a couple of seconds, we can't replace their lives,” said Gaston.
Keeping students safe, while making sure they arrive to their destination on time.