Bus evacuations go smoothly at BCS

Bus evacuations go smoothly at BCS
Posted on 09/16/2021
Bus evacuation drill at Bellefontaine Elementary

Bus safety was front and center this week at Bellefontaine City Schools.

The annual bus evacuation drills were held at Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine Middle School, Bellefontaine Intermediate School, and Bellefontaine Elementary School the last few days.

BCS Transportation Director Tammie Garman said, “This year’s drills went very smoothly. It’s important to refresh all students yearly and to start the process of working with all new kiddos on how to always be safe on a school bus.

The evacuations are required by the state for all districts. We try to get them in the first part of September when the weather is nicer.

In the event of an accident, it's important for the kids to listen to the driver for directions to exit the bus to safety. If the bus were to get hit in the front door, they need to know how to safely exit the rear and vice versa.”

By mandate, each student riding the bus must exit the front door and back door during the evacuation drills.

Bellefontaine City Schools has 12 regular bus routes along with routes to the Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center and Calvary Christian.

Garman reports that a bus safety presentation will be held for all K-5 students this fall.

Drivers will discuss:

Safety spots at the bus stop

No eating and drinking on the bus and the choking hazards it causes

Railroad crossing procedures

The proper way to cross the street when being dropped off

The importance of going straight home after leaving the bus stop

Inside voices can distract the bus driver

Maintain social distancing

Photos: Students evacuate a bus at Bellefontaine Elementary School Thursday morning.
Practice evacuation


practice evacuation
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