With traditional-calendar schools opening in just a few days, the school district is again trying to reassure parents of young bus riders that their kids will be safe.
In a new memorandum to Superintendent Del Burns, Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Don Haydon lists the steps that are being taken to avoid a repeat of last month's bus miscues with young children.
For instance, Haydon said bus drivers are being reminded that they're to take children to school even if they get on the wrong bus. Once at the nearest school, they'll figure out how to get the child to the right school.
The memo also references a name tag policy that all Wake elementary schools will use. While the online memo doesn't list the details, Haydon laid it out during a news conference this afternoon.
Haydon said all elementary schools are being asked to put name tags on kindergarten and first-grade students who ride the bus. The name tags will list the child's bus number and bus stop location. He said they should wear those tags for the first 20 days of school.
Haydon said the name tag policy is already used by many schools. But he said they wanted to make sure all school used them and that the information was standardized.
As you may recall, a kindergarten student got off at the wrong stop, four miles from home. In another incident, a first-grade student who got on the wrong bus was kicked off and left alone instead of being taken to school.