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First Student Urges Parents to Talk to Their Children About School Bus Safety
Date:8/6/2008

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anything out of the window, it distracts the driver.

"Safety is a core value at First Student," says Catapano. "Our entire focus as a company is to take children to and from school safely each day. That's why we employ highly-trained drivers and maintain school bus fleets that utilize the latest technologies and safety features."
-- Global positioning systems (GPS) are being installed on First Student

buses to provide dispatchers with the exact location and speed of a

school bus at any time. They also provide a record of each bus' route

and all of its stops, starts and passes.

-- First Student was the first to install an electronic reminder system

that aids drivers in checking for sleeping children at the end of each

route.

-- All First Student buses are equipped with safety crossing gates on the

front of all buses to keep children from crossing directly in front of

the bus so drivers can better see them.

-- Flashing lights and extended stop arms warn motorists that children

are boarding or unloading a bus.

-- Every First Student bus is designed with well-anchored seats with high

backs that are heavily padded to absorb impact and create a protective

area.

-- Smaller buses for preschool children and special needs students

utilize car seats or specialized restraint systems and have a monitor

on board at all times.

In addition, First Student buses operate under many stringent safety protocols:
-- Certified mechanics perform preventive maintenance inspections to

ensure buses are running at peak performance.

-- Drivers conduct vehicle safety checks before each route.

-- Drivers adhere to a strict no-idling policy to reduce school bus

emissions.

First Student drivers must meet extensive requirements:

-- Each driver must pass
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