School Closings

December 6, 2010 by USA Post 

School Closings, The weather during the coming months to increase the chances of accidents and injuries among drivers and bus passengers.

Christopher Coyle, contract manager for First Student, the bus service used by the school district 204 and a part of District 203, said that people sometimes forget they can not drive in winter t the same way they do during the warmer months.

 œYou ve had problems with the weather and traffic because people tend not to take time for them, â? He said. â -IN inputs of transport, you always try to leave as soon as possible. … You must allow increased braking distance. Brake a little earlier. And Black Ice â “itâ s the only thing there that you can not see.â t?

Motorists should take extra precautions when approaching or following a school bus that make frequent stops for loading and unloading of students, “said Coyle. The laws in all states require those drivers in both directions to stop when the school busa arm stop is extended and its red lights flashing. The driver of the vehicle should not move until the bus resumes motion, the bus driver signals the driver to proceed or the visual signals are no longer active.

Bus drivers in both Districts 203 and 204 are responsible for providing the license number of any vehicle that illegally passes a stopped school bus to the police. Offenders are required to attend court and are punishable by fines and / or suspension of their driver, â s license.

Parents should remind their children to be careful during the winter. Some children resist wear outerwear sufficient, no matter how cold it gets. Those who walk to and from the bus stop and wait for the bus to get to dress as a function of time, Coyle said. This means wearing warm coats, gloves, hat and waterproof footwear. Clothing rocker or dangling keychain can get caught in bus doors or handrails must be left at home.

Children must wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching the vehicle or, if the landing before. Riders should arrive at the bus stop on time so they are not tempted to run to the bus on the potentially slippery sidewalks.

Students should also stay away from streets and especially in snow and ice, “said Coyle. In extreme cases of bad weather or hazardous road conditions, school closings or early dismissals will be announced in local media and schoolsâ websites.

School closing information is available in 6 hours in District 204. Early dismissals will be posted as they occur. A recorded message advising of school closings or early dismissal is also available by calling 630-375-3015.

In District 203, school closures related to weather and start to end, or closing a single school (like a broken pipe), are displayed and a call Talk203 telephone, email and mobile text message sent to all parents. A recorded message is available at 630-420-6300. Individual school closures are posted on school.

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