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Bus Drivers Get Ready For Students

Houston Independent School District bus drivers are getting ready for the start of the school year, KPRC Local 2 reports.
/ Source: Click2Houston.com

Houston Independent School District bus drivers are getting ready for the start of the school year, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.

Drivers learned everything from new bus routes to protecting students from the swine flu.

The Westside High School auditorium was packed with more than 1,000 bus drivers for their annual in-service meeting, which is designed to get drivers all up to speed with new safety rules and information.

HISD will head back school on Aug. 24. There is still a concern that the H1N1 virus could pose a threat, so the school district is teaching drivers what symptoms to look for and how to protect themselves from the virus.

"Just because students are coughing doesn't mean they have the virus," said Chester Glaude with HISD. "We want drivers, when they cough, to not always use their hands. Maybe use an elbow ... and wash hands after everything you do and use some type of hand sanitizer."

Bus managers said they hope to have all the buses equipped with hand sanitizer by the beginning of next year.

The group also discussed 52 additional digital cameras that have been installed on several buses. Those cameras, which cost about $2,700 each, should help keep an eye on the students and driver on each bus.

"The cameras keep an eye on things, and if there's a situation, we can find out what happened," said Mark Swackhamer, the school district's fleet operation manager.

HISD said it hopes hopes to soon have all of its buses equipped with cameras.

HISD transports about 53,000 students daily with 927 buses traveling 829 routes.