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LPS learning lunch on buses

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

mthornton@klkntv.com

Six children were killed in a school bus crash in Tennessee last week.

The tragedy sparked the reoccurring question about having seat belts on school buses.

It was a topic addressed during Lincoln Public Schools' learning lunch Tuesday.

This month's focused on transportation.

About 70 percent of the district's buses have seat belts.

Currently, six states require them for all size buses, which is not a federal law.

"We all want to advocate safety in everything we do and if it determined that seat belts on all buses is the answer to that situation then we would embrace that wholeheartedly,”  LPS Transportation Director Bill McCoy said.

Remember this crash near 76th and Holdrege earlier this month?

Luckily, the kids on the bus weren't hurt.

Police said the bus driver ran a stop sign. The district said the person no longer drives for LPS.

The district said not everyone can get behind the wheel.

It does things like driving history checks and alcohol and drug testing.

"There is quite an extensive vetting process that's completed before we actually would be transporting students to and from school,” McCoy said.

In 2013, LPS put cameras on buses to help improve safety by monitoring student behavior, which it says has worked.

"More students are cognizant of the fact that the cameras do exist and be serve as a tool to capture things if something would happen,” McCoy said.

All measures the district says it has in place to ensure your kids are safe on their way to school

The next learning lunch will take place Dec.5th.

It will be focused on computer science.

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