School officials stress safety on the roads, in buses as students return to classrooms

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In a scheduled press conference this past week, school leaders came together to talk about kids returning back to the classroom on March 1st. 

While many are focused on the return of face-to-face learning and the safety that goes along with it, another major topic to consider is the Clark County School District’s bus transportation system.

“It’s been over a year since we had students on our roads and on our sidewalks, so this is really going to require change in behaviors and attitude,” said Michael Naft, the Clark County Commissioner of District A.

The district plans on operating 1600 bus routes across the valley. Drivers will load the buses from the back to the front, and unload from the front to the back. Buses will only run at half-capacity and that’s about 28 students on board.

“Each student will sit in the next available seat and follow seat markings to ensure that our kids are practicing social distancing while on the buses,” said Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.

Students and drivers also need to be aware of crosswalks. With kids now walking to and from school, they will be using them more frequently.

It is important for drivers to slow down and for walkers to be vigilant of their surroundings. That means students need to keep their heads up while walking and not down looking at their phone. 

Buses will also be thoroughly cleaned after each use and face coverings are required for everyone that enters. Hand sanitizer will be provided for students and drivers as they get on and off the bus.

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