Local Elementary School Gets Bus Evacuation Training

Local Elementary School Gets Bus Evacuation Training

Students at Hall Elementary were reminded on the proper ways to evacuate a school bus in case of an emergency,
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Every year, students at Hall Elementary go through safety drills.

Monday morning, they were reminded on the proper ways to evacuate a school bus in case of an emergency.

"All students are on a bus at some point throughout the school year. Whether is be riding the bus to and from school daily, or going on a field trip," said heather Gladhart. "So, we want all students to know what to happen in the case of an emergency on a bus."

The school has nearly 300 students.

All of them are required to take part in the training.

"Every student participates in the drill that is here today, whether they ride the school bus to and from school or not," said Principal Gladhart.

Just a few weeks ago, a school bus in Kansas City went off the road, and flipped on its side.

22 students were taken to the hospital, but none were seriously injured.

Drills like this, are designed to keep students calm when something like this happens.

"They need to know, in the event of an emergency, how to quickly and safely exit the bus," said Cody Mayfield.

There are eight emergency exits on a school bus; a front door, rear door, four window exits, and two ceiling exits.

Cody Mayfield, who works with Apple Bus Company, says the front door is the most common exit, followed by the windows.

He also says in case of an emergency, students need to cooperate with bus drivers.

"I like to tell them, the bus is like their classroom, only on wheels. And, as long as the students follow the instructions from the bus driver, we think we can keep safety at a maximum," said Mayfield.

Bus drivers have safety meetings, once a month, to make sure their information is updated.

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