LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Kids and parents everywhere are dusting off backpacks and sharpening pencils in anticipation for back to school. Teachers have honed their lessons all summer, floors are freshly polished, and buses are tuned up and ready to ride. This week marks the start of a new school year for Livingston County schools, and the start of a new school bus season for all drivers.
Though officials in law enforcement and the Geneseo Central School District are excited to see happy kids off to school again, they urge drivers to be especially attentive around school buses as they hit the roads once more.
“This is a great opportunity to remind drivers to be cautious around school buses,” said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. “This is for the safety of our children. Drivers have to remember that they cannot go through a flashing red light at a bus stop. We will have Deputies following buses for the first days of school, and they will ticket anyone who violates traffic law.”
School administration added that they are doing their part to prepare students for a safe ride to and from school.
“One thing we are doing is retraining our kids on bus safety drills and road crossing,” said Geneseo Central School District Superintendent Tim Hayes. “That is our responsibility, and we take it very seriously. It is a little bit of human nature to forget about bus safety when buses haven’t been on the road. It’s a bit like winter weather, easily forgotten in the off season. The biggest thing that we ask is that people are attentive around our kids, our most precious cargo.”
On behalf of the GeneseeSun.com, welcome back students! Good luck and be safe.