School Buses Safe For First Day Of School?

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

August 22, 2005

The big day is here! The start of the new school year. This morning, parents across the area, are getting ready to send their kids off to class, but are the buses safe?

Parents in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, it's here! The first day of school.

In a few hours, the roads will be filled with almost 200 buses, and on them will be loads of children heading to area schools. As if Monday wasn't manic enough, roads in our area will soon be crowded, but there's one less thing you need to worry about as a parent of a child on that bus. During preparations for the first day of school, the buses have proven to be suited to drive.

"We check everything just like taking your car to an auto dealership. We have to check everything on the buses, and our summer school buses, we actually checked twice. Once, before they went out for summer school, and then as they've come back in," said Dr. Diane Behrens, of Albemarle County Schools.

In addition, officials in the area are paying attention to safety on the roads. Police officers will be out in full force making sure vehicles are obeying traffic patterns, crosswalks, and bus loading zones.

That's assuring news to parents this morning as they send their kids off to school.

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