The Ohio Valley School District began its yearly Buster Student Training Program on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at North Adams Elementary.
The Buster program is used to teach bus safety rules to students from pre-school through the third grade.
According to North Adams Elementary Assistant Principal Deirdre Mills the children learn, “Seat on seat, back on back, backpack on lap, and hands to yourself.”
The students are taught to be quiet at railroad crossings, and they are required to learn school bus drivers’ hand signals indicating when it’s safe to cross the road. In addition they learn about stranger danger and the danger zones around buses.
Buster is a large remote-controlled bus that was designed to facilitate the teaching of bus rules. It features all the lights and signage of an actual school bus. It also has an animated voice that gives it a personality that appeals to younger children.
The Ohio Department of Education requires Buster training at the beginning of each school year.
Bus drivers Dawn Land (West Union attendance area) and Debbie Shupert (North Adams attendance area) conducted the training programs.
Larry Bennington, the OVSD Transportation manager said, “Both of these drivers are the best of the best and you won’t meet better people who truly care for our kids and their safety. Our Buster Training program is something we are very proud of here at Adams County Ohio Valley School District.”