FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Hundreds of students are bussed to school every year. In order to assure the safety of each student who rides a bus in the East Allen County Schools (EACS) district, students practiced bus evacuation drills Friday.
The goal was to have every bus evacuated in two minutes.
Older students helped younger students jump down from the back of the bus.
The transportation director for EACS hopes these drills reassure parents their students are being protected.
“We don’t have time out there if something occurs to stop and look at a manual. We have to be able to react, because these kids are important to us,” Director of Transportation David Myers said.
Some schools, such as New Haven Intermediate School, will hold a ‘safety week’ later in the year where students practice all drills. That school has also started an incentive program to encourage kids to behave and act safely on the bus. Rewards include extra recess, dance parties and ice cream socials.