Transportation Department Urges Bus Safety

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It is the time of the year when the days are getting shorter and shorter and, even with the changing of the clocks for daylight savings time, students will find themselves getting on and getting off of the bus in darkness or near darkness and some additional caution and preparation are required for everyone’s safety.

Dave Eggers, Transportation Director for La Porte Community School Corporation, encourages parents to have their students ready to board the bus when it pulls up. The bus, with its flashing lights and stop sign arm, stops all traffic to allow students to board or depart the bus safely and in an expedient manner, which lessens the possibility of danger for both the students and the passing motorists. Students should also try to stay in sight of the driver as this will help the driver know when every one is safely on or off the bus before they proceed.

This time of the year also increases the likelihood of fog delays and/or closings. The LPCSC Transportation Department would like to share the following tips on how to find out if there are any delays or closings:

  • Check out the LPCSC Website at www.lpcsc.k12.in.us. Look for the “stop light” on the right side of their home page – green, school is in session; yellow, school has been delayed; and red, school has been closed. The website is updated as soon as a decision has been made regarding weather conditions early in the morning.
  • Tune into La Porte radio stations 1540 AM WLOI and 96.7 FM WCOE or Michigan City radio stations 1420 AM WIMS and 95.9 FM WEFM.
  • Watch South Bend TV channels WNDU 16 and WSBT 22 or go online to either of their websites for a listing of all school delays or closings.
  • Lastly, parents can always call the Transportation Department at 362-1023 if they are in doubt or have any questions.