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I just read an article in STN ( about a great transportation director here in Georgia. The article mentions and has a photo of a safety chute (right). I like the idea and would like to pass it on to clients. I could not find anything on where to [buy] them. Did her district make them? Do you know of a vendor that offers them? Michael S. Dorn Executive Director, Safe Havens Intl.

Editor’s Note: Jerene Jones, transportation manager at Catoosa County Public Schools, said she and her team set up two rows of six safety cones perpendicular to the bus loading door. Then, they attach four extendable safety bars with loops over the cones. The chutes are placed at each school zone in the district. Many school administrators use the same concept for parent pickup lines as well. Jones said she purchases the cones and bars from a local industrial supply store.

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” released in theaters on Aug. 9 by Nickelodeon, depicts the lead character getting stuck in a school bus loading door as she exits. The doors shut on Dora’s backpack and she hangs from the loading door as the bus drives away. Watch the trailer at

That was way over the top! How dare these movie companies use the school bus in such a manner. There have been too many movies over the years that show the school bus as dangerous. The yellow school bus represents safety and security. Professional school bus drivers work every minute on every route, no matter the weather or situation, to assure their kids are brought to and from school each day, safely back into their parents’ arms. Let’s ask this director, [James Bobin], if they would find this funny or entertaining if it was their child. Diana Mikelski Director of Transportation Township High School District 211 in Illinois

A school bus driver simulator is providing real-word training for school bus drivers in Texas. The simulator replicates the driving component of a typical school bus and helps drivers hone skills and safely prepare for potential dangers on the road. Visit stnonline. com/go/6n to read more on this training technology.

This should be required for everyone who is testing for their driver’s license, to see [what] school bus drivers have to deal with day in and day out. Facebook/Sheila Ames

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