Jimmy Dyer, Director of Transportation for the Caldwell County School District, in studio, August 14, 2018
Jimmy Dyer, Director of Transportation for the Caldwell County School District, was in studio Tuesday morning to talk to WPKY about the start of the school season.
Jimmy reminded listeners that school starts at all Caldwell County schools on Wednesday and buses will hit the roads beginning around 6AM. Jimmy also mentioned that construction at the Area Technology Center is still going on but other than making the route around the schools a little bumpy, it shouldn’t affect the flow of traffic, cars will follow the same route as in years past.
Jimmy then asked all parents to please have their children at the bus stop at least five minutes early and to be sure that everyone at the bus stop is standing between 10 and 15 feet from the curb. He also reminded parents that children in the 3rd grade and below will not be allowed off the bus in the afternoon unless the bus driver or monitor sees an adult guardian at the stop. If an adult is not present the child will be taken back to the schools. Jimmy did say that younger children will be allowed to walk home with an older sibling if they are on the bus. Jimmy also noted that the first three days of school buses may run later in the afternoon to ensure that every child is on the right bus. Buses will probably be delayed from leaving the schools each afternoon about 10 to 15 minutes.
Jimmy also reminded listeners that it is against the law to pass a stopped school bus that has its stop arm out. Last school year there were three times more cars that passed stopped school buses than the year before and that rise in numbers is alarming. Jimmy stated that his drivers and monitors do take notes of the cars who pass a bus when stopped and he then sends that information on to the County Attorney’s Office.
Jimmy also implored parents to speak to their children about behaving on the bus and not being distractions for the drivers. Caldwell County has 29 buses, but only about half of those buses have monitors that can deal with potentially rambunctious children so it’s up to parents to make sure their children know how to properly act on a school bus. Jimmy stated that it’s the goal of every bus driver and monitor that they get children to school and home from school as safely as possible and thanked each and every driver and monitor for their commitment to the students.
Jimmy then quickly mentioned that all school staff and teachers did participate in an active shooter training at every school to be better prepared should the worst happen. He stated that teachers and staff learned what to do, how to do it, and how to think differently in any situation that might happen in order to keep children safe.
You can catch the full interview with Jimmy Dyer below.