Shenandoah CSD Bus Improvements Continue
In an effort to increase student safety while on buses, the Shenandoah Community School District has recently completed two new upgrades to their bus fleet. The first improvement was to switch all radio communication from analog to digital. Every bus in Shenandoah’s fleet is now equipped with a digital capable radio. Additionally, portable radios were provided at each of the buildings across the district. Communication between buildings and buses has dramatically improved, reduced the number of “dead” spots, and was a big help through the last couple months severe weather. Drivers communicated to each other when routes needed to be changed or drivers would possibly be late due to factors out of their control.
The second enhancement involves installation of stop-arm cameras on some of the district's buses. This is done in an effort to help ensure students are safe getting on and off the bus. The state of Iowa has a made it a priority since March of 2012 and the passing of KADYN’S Law (Keep Aware Driving - Youth Need School Safety Act) to take stop arm violations serious. This law was passed after Kadyn Halverson was killed when she was just seven years old by a motorist. Kadyn was attempting to cross the road to board a school bus.
Stop arm violations occur in two different scenarios on a two- or three-lane road. Cars are not permitted to pass the school bus from behind when the red or amber warning lights are on. Cars should be prepared to stop until the stop arm is retracted and then proceed with caution. When approaching a school bus with amber warning lights, oncoming cars should slow to 20 mph and be prepared to stop. When the stop arm comes out, and red lights come on, cars are not permitted to pass the bus until the arm is retracted.
You can read more about Iowa’s School Bus Safety laws at https://iowadot.gov/schoolbus/highway-safety/requiredstopping.