In addition to traditional classroom instruction, Madison Elementary School students received a lesson in school bus safety Wednesday.
Due to an increased number of stationary Ohio County school buses being passed by motorists, students are receiving in-class instruction regarding the correct procedure for boarding and exiting the bus.
A portion of Maryland Street was closed to traffic Wednesday morning as bus drivers instructed students how to safely cross the street before boarding and after exiting school buses.
Photo by Tyler Reynard
School officials teach Madison Elementary students the proper way to board the school bus Wednesday.
Madison Elementary Principal Nikki Kacmarik said Wednesday's exercise was essential.
"So many students don't stop and think about how dangerous it can be if they carelessly get off the bus and cross the street without looking both ways," she said.
Kacmarik added that students can play an important role by educating drivers about proper traffic procedure when driving near a school bus.
Ohio County Schools Transportation Director Gary Kestner said because motorists continue to ignore bus signals, classroom instruction is a necessity.
"When we looked at the entire situation, we knew we had to do something to educate the children," he said.
All Ohio County elementary students will receive in-class instruction, Kestner said. Middle and high school students will watch bus safety skits, he added.