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School Bus Drivers Prepare for New School Year

School Bus Drivers Prepare for New School Year

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Operators answer the phones at CCSD's transportation center. Operators answer the phones at CCSD's transportation center.

LAS VEGAS -- On Monday, 300,000 Clark County School District students will start a new school year. Thousands of those students will be riding a school bus.

The Clark County School District is receiving thousands of phone calls from parents with questions about bus service.

"We're at 4,000 now a day, it will go to 6 and 8,000 a day," CCSD Transportation Director Doug Geller said.

Once a child is registered at a school, the parent will receive information on the bus route the child will use. The information is also available online.

One operator at the district's transportation center is Hans Shannon who happens to be a bus driver and father. His son already knows the basics.

"I told him to make sure he knows what the route number is," Shannon said.

Geller showed 8 News NOW some new call center technology called Compass. CCSD buses 105,000 students daily. Compass connects new students to their bus routes.

"There's the map on the right, and on the left there's the entry of the student data," he said.

New technology this year includes four cameras that capture video and audio.

"They point inwards toward the seats, and on the special needs buses, they point out the back so they can back up," Geller said.

Also new this year, is an internal GPS which monitors speed, location, and each stop. It will make Peggy West's job easier. She's a transportation aide and assists many of the district's 9,000 special needs students. When parents have questions about their student's bus, she answers them.

"It just makes my day," she said.

CCSD officials say they have prepared all summer to make sure the school year gets off to a safe start.

If you need more information on bus routes, call 799-8111. The call center is open from 6 .a.m. to 6 p.m.

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