School bus safety plans for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools

Posted on: 6:22 pm, January 28, 2013, by

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— After one student died while getting on the school bus and another one was injured earlier this year, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School officials are producing a school bus safety video to show every student at least once every year.

11-year-old Hasani Wesley died in December after being hit by a car while trying to get on his bus near Kernersville.  7-year-old Kelly Smith was side swiped and injured by car that passed her stopped school bus in Winston-Salem earlier this month.

By state law, school officials must share bus stop safety tips two times a year, but the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system says an educational video may be a better way to both demonstrate and educate students.

The system is shooting and producing one video for elementary, one for middle school and one for high school students this week.  

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School spokesperson Theo Helm says, “a lot of things are outside of our control. We can’t control people driving their cars not stopping for buses and things like that but there are things we can control and one of them is the steps we are taking in terms of producing a short video.”

The video will talk about ways students should behave on the bus as well as tips for getting on and off the bus. 

Helm says it will include things like, “make sure you are looking both ways when cross the street, if have to cross the street make sure you are paying attention to surroundings. A lot of times people are talking to each other playing with phones or a number of things, make sure they are not playing in the street.”

Once complete the videos will be sent to every school for viewing later this year and then shown to students at the beginning of every semester.