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Bus Evacuation Drills Emphasize Safety for Mississippi Students

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 04 Apr 2013 04:36pm | comments
Students at Murrah High School in Jackson participated in school bus evacuation drills this week. It was part of a two day event that included more than 25 thousand k-12 students who ride school buses in the district. Thursday, April 04. 2013

School districts across Mississippi are required to practice getting students safely off the school bus in case of an emergency. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on a drill exercise in Jackson.

If an emergency occurs on a school bus very little time is available to escape tragedy.

"If the bus was really on fire that means everybody have to get out quickly but not hurting yourself  but moving out quickly from the rear all the way up to the front. Safety first that's it."

Jackson school bus driver Fay West, is teaching her students how to evacuate safely. 

They learn how to not take anything along with them 'cause they are more important of their health and safety than anything else. And they know where the exits are. Depending on where the accident or where the fire is or where anything is going on they'll know exactly how to get off."

Every year about 24 children across the U.S. die in school related crashes. That's according to the National Highway Safety Administration. State policy mandates that school districts throughout Mississippi practice bus evacuation drills for students in grades k through 12. Dr. Frederick Murray is principal of Murrah High School in Jackson.

"Every day we see stories of accidents that occur on busses oh wrecks, train wrecks, car wrecks, things that occur on busses and it's necessary for students to get off the bus."

Richard Williams is the Transportation Director for the Jackson Public School District. He says at least 25 thousand students ride the bus to school every day. Williams stresses the importance of school bus drivers being properly trained  to use equipment  like fire extinguishers and medical emergency kits.

"We don't train our drivers to be firefighters and stuff but we do train them to look for safety and look for things that will save lives and they don't get injured."

School districts across the state are required to practice school evacuation drills twice yearly. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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Students at Murrah High School in Jackson participated in school bus evacuation drills this week. It was part of a two day event that included more than 25 thousand k-12 students who ride school buses in the district. Thursday, April 04. 2013


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