Remember back in the good ol’ days when
people were expected to be minimally capable of independent thought
and action? This news item, from Education Week, suggests that
those days are long gone:
School buses across New Hampshire are getting safety
upgrades designed to prevent children from being left behind.
A new device installed in the bus sounds
an alarm at the end of the driver’s route that can only be turned
off by walking all the way to the back of the bus. Officials say
that it will help prevent students who might have fallen asleep
from being left on a locked bus.
First Student, a private bus company, is paying about $350 per bus
to outfit its entire fleet.
First Student is outfitting 20,000 buses with the devices
Rauseo has been transportation director in Nashua since 2005 and
couldn’t recall a situation where a student was left on a bus.
The new alarm system eliminates the
possibility of a driver somehow overlooking a student, he said.
“I’m thrilled to have it,” he said.
$350 per bus for something that could be avoided by having the
driver walk to the end of the bus at the end of his/her shift.