Officials Urge Caution As Students Head Back To School

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Most schools in Eastern Kentucky will be open by the end of this week and with students back in school, there will be more busses on the streets.

Rush hours will soon involve a bit more traffic with school busses back on the roads. This means all drivers need to use caution.

"Always give the bus the right of way and give the pedestrian the right of way. Don't try to beat the signs or beat the bus, just slow down and take your time," said Officer Napier with the Hazard Police Department.

Students waiting for the bus need keep an eye on the road as well.

"They need to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and once it does and the sign comes out on the bus, they still need to look for oncoming traffic both ways and make sure there's not traffic trying to pass the bus," Napier said.

Perry County Schools have designated separate unloading zones, one for busses and one for parents dropping off their children. Bus drivers also keep up with their own safety standards.

"They have to maintain their training from a year to year basis to be allowed to drive our school bus," said Perry County Central Principal Estill Neace.

National statistics show that riding a school bus is the safest way for students to get to school. From 1990-2000, an average of six children we killed per year while riding on the school bus, but more than 600 were killed in motor vehicles while traveling to or from school. Also, about 29 children were killed in school bus/pedestrian accidents.

Parents and other drivers should take precautions to keep all of us safe on the roads.

More information on bus safety can be found in your school's transportation policy. Students in Perry County should receive a copy during the first week of classes.

Here is a list of when schools across Eastern Kentucky will be opening:
Aug. 6
Pineville Independent
Floyd Co.
Letcher Co.
Johnson Co.
Magoffin Co.
Hazard Independent
Corbin Independent

Aug. 7
Harlan Independent
Perry Co.
Whitley Co.
Williamsburg Independent

Aug. 8
Knox Co.
Barbourville Independent
Knott Co.
Laurel Co.
Jackson Co.
Martin Co.
Somerset Independent

Aug. 9
East Bernstadt
Lee Co.
Paintsville Independent
Morgan Co.
Owsley Co.
Leslie Co.
Pike Co.
Pikeville Independent

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