CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Centerville students at Cline Elementary got a lesson in bus safety Friday in case of an emergency.
Typically a bus can hold about 48 students, and officials say there are eight different ways to get off the bus. Officials say their goal is to evacuate all students in less than two minutes.
“As a parent myself I want to make sure the students are ready to roll,” says Andrew Grasty, the Assistant Transportation Director for Centerville City Schools.
Students practiced how to get off the bus by running through three drills.
“Obviously we want to make sure there’s no injuries to the students,” says Centerville Police Sergeant Tyler Wilson.
Students learned how to quickly evacuate out the front and back of the bus, as well as a split evacuation. It was also a chance for students to get first-hand experience about how emergency exits work.
“Whatever the emergency is — if it’s a fire, we’re going to go away from the fire,” said Centerville bus driver Therese Mileti. “Everybody is going to go away from the danger.”
“They’re quiet. They’re following instructions, and they’re learning. They’re being educated by the bus driver, the parts of the school bus,” says Grasty.
While the day was spent educating students, officials also have a message for drivers:
“When those yellow lights come on, prepare to slow down and when those red lights come on, please stop. It’s your children. It’s our children, and they need to be protected. They need to be safe,” stresses Mileti.
The Centerville school district has more than 120 buses on the road every day going to about 30 school buildings.