Citing an ongoing investigation, the Lafayette Parish School System is declining to offer specifics on an incident Wednesday in which a teen student exiting a school bus on Macon road was struck by a vehicle.
However, police issued no citations to any motorists in the case and a source tells News15 it was most likely the fault of the bus driver. LPSS says no matter what student safety is their top priority.
“So right now it’s all still pending and going through an investigation.” said LPSS Chief Administration Officer, Jennifer Gardner.
While Lafayette Parish School System couldn’t comment the exact details on Wednesday’s incident involving a student being hit by a vehicle, Gardner says safety comes first.
“I always say that school has to be the second safest place there is besides your home and the bus and getting to school is part of that.” said Gardner.
In part of being safe, there is a comprehensive protocol for buses given out by the state, LPSS adheres to.
“All our protocols refer back to bulletin 119. In bulletin 119 it will talk about things from loading to unloading buses and students it will also talk abut exit drills on the bus.” said Gardner.
For students when exiting the bus, bulletin 119 says before students cross to the opposite side of the bus, they must walk 10 to 15 feet in front of the bus on the shoulder roadway and if there is no space at the crop off site, it’s up to the driver to determine that students are clear of the bus before it departs.
For drivers, the bulletin details bus driver training, including an in-service training every other year and a 44 hour pre-service training program.
Gardner says the items detailed in the bulletin are designed to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
“Student safety is our top priority.” said Gardner.