KHP to inspect school buses

8/1/2013

While students and teachers are getting ready for the start of the new school year, Garden City Public Schools transportation department is also getting ready. On Monday, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be inspecting school buses starting at 6:00 a.m. at the Garden City Public Schools transportation department, 139 Clover Leaf. Every school bus must pass inspection before the district can use the vehicles to transport students. The inspection is another step Garden City Public Schools takes to ensure students will be safe on their way to and from school.

While students and teachers are getting ready for the start of the new school year, Garden City Public Schools transportation department is also getting ready. On Monday, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be inspecting school buses starting at 6:00 a.m. at the Garden City Public Schools transportation department, 139 Clover Leaf. Every school bus must pass inspection before the district can use the vehicles to transport students. The inspection is another step Garden City Public Schools takes to ensure students will be safe on their way to and from school.

Kansas Highway Patrol officers will be checking 50 buses that the district uses to transport students. Officers will inspect equipment and mechanical systems on each school bus, including the brake system, steering system, fuel system, mirrors, lights, stop arm and emergency doors and exits. Officers will also inspect all the other vehicles that will transport students that are in the district's fleet.

Last year, Garden City Public Schools provided transportation for more than 3,700 students. The students included those who live more than 2.5 miles away from school and ones who require special education services.

The first day of school is Aug. 19, with a half-day orientation for all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, seventh-grade, ninth-grade and all students new to Garden City Public Schools. The first full day of school for Garden City Public Schools is Aug. 20, when all classes will be in session for the start of the 2013-14 school year.

For more information, call Michelle Irsik, Garden City Public Schools transportation director, at 805-8750.

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