The National Association for Pupil Transportation Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students,parents, teachers, and communities to keep school bus safety in the forefront. This year Bus Safety Week begins October 16th and schools across the nation will join in activities to build awareness, exercise safety and evacuation drills, and take steps to remind children about the important habits necessary for safe school bus travel. Safety drills and exercises are recognized as an important way of being prepared and ensuring a calm response in the event of a true incident requiring immediate attention.

In Michigan City Area Schools the Transportation Department in partnership with local first responders (Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County EMA) is conducting a staged bus accident on October 18th between 9:00 a.m. and noon at the MCAS Transportation/Service Building. This accident drill will involve rescuing and evacuating mannequins from a smoke-filled overturned school bus. First responders and MCAS transportation department personnel are planning to practice and observe evacuations and rescues.

“We’re grateful to Cloverleaf Garage, our Transportation Department mechanics, and the Michigan City Fire Department who are all working together to plan this drill and prepare the vehicles involved,” said Val Skwiat, Trainer and Safety Manager for the MCAS Transportation Department. “This type of training exercise is invaluable for our staff and for our emergency services personnel, helping ensure all of us are well-prepared to assist students in the event of an emergency.”

In addition to the staged bus accident, students will receive daily reminders from their school bus drivers through Bus Safety Week.

This post was created in collaboration with Betsy Kohn, Director of Communications, Michigan City Area Schools.

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