- Behind The Scenes
The Summer is just about over for local children.
School buses and their drivers will soon be making the rounds.
The wheels on the bus will soon be going round and round, in Monroe and other counties across Mississippi.
And from the time a driver cranks up the engine safety is the top priority.
Bus drivers transport the most precious cargo there is.
"And we stress the importance of that with our drivers each and every meeting, each and every year that we have," said Russell Thomas, MCSD Transportation Director.
There are 32 bus routes on any given day in the Monroe County School District.
Thomas refers to his passengers as precious commodity that must reach their destination safely.
Bus drivers often begin their rounds before the sun comes up.
"We have the lights on. Make sure everybody has all the correct procedures in place. And that they know to count the kids as they get on the bus and as they get off in the mornings," said Thomas.
No child can be left behind.
And if they are young and unfamiliar with large bus numbers, a picture identifies the passenger and the bus she rides every day.
For added safety, there is a mechanically operated stop arm.
"When the door opens the arm pops out and it allows the bus driver to be able to see the children as they board," said Thomas.
A video camera provides an extra unblinking eye and is implemented as needed.
"They just do a great job for us and they are very well trained in all areas of safety,"added Thomas.
Monroe County school students are back in the classroom next Wednesday.