Valley School District Takes Time For School Bus Emergency Drills


POSTED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 4:24pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:05am

MISSION - Students at Leal Elementary in Mission are learning about what to do in a school bus emergency. It's a lesson the students get directly from their bus driver.

"You never know when something is going to happen, because accidents do occur that is why they are called accidents," said Raul Guerra Jr. "And it is better for them to be trained and educated so they can know what to do."

Students learn about all the emergency exits on the bus and how to open them.

In the last six years, there has only been one emergency case where a driver had a stroke.

So now, drivers show students what to do if the driver were to become unconscious or incapacitated. On every bus there is an emergency brake a student can pull, and then a radio to call in their location and need for help.

These drills used to be a requirement of the state for each school district, but in 2009 Texas Legislature changed the law. They no longer required these in-person practices, but Mission CISD disagreed and felt it was a practice they had to continue.

"It's a trade off, an hour and a half of curriculum over the entire year versus it saving someone's life," said Carlos Lerma, Mission CISD Transportation Director.

So every grade level in all elementary schools will get a quick lesson sometime this week on school bus emergency procedures.

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