Have you ever received a call from the local school where your child attends? The conversation briefly states that your child was accidentally left on the bus. You try to wrap your head around that but nothing seems to make sense. Frantically you tell the caller that you are on your way to pick up your child.
Unfortunately all too often, and as absurd as it may sound, this scenario plays out in schools across our nation.
The Raytown School District in the Kansas City Metropolitan area has been doing something to correct this problem. According to an article in the Raytown Times it says, “Raytown school buses are currently being equipped with a special safety feature called Child Check, which works much like an alarm system to be sure that no student is left on a bus”.
This will keep the bus drivers more accountable. When the driver turns off the bus without going to the back to press the child switch an alarm will go off. The purpose is to remind the driver to literally walk to the back to double check that no child has been left behind. After that simple exercise is completed the driver is free to go to the front and take the key from the ignition.
As another precaution, if the driver neglects to adhere to the above step an alarm will blare and lights will flash on the bus. How embarrassing that would be for the driver. I think it would make the driver slow down in his haste to get on with his or her day.
This device will be utilized on all buses. With colder weather and plummeting temperatures just on the horizon these safety features are being implemented to better protect the children.
I think this is a great idea that will give parents, children and district personnel a lot more peace of mind. It will be interesting to see if this idea becomes a standard nationwide.
Raytown Times, November 17, 2010, page 3