Proposed School Bus Safety Legislation Could Lead to Policy Updates at Local Schools

Local school officials are preparing for possible changes in bus safety laws. Culver Community Schools Superintendent Karen Shuman says Senate Bill 2 would have an impact on her school corporation.

On most highways, buses would be banned from loading or unloading students at a place that would require them to cross a roadway. “We already currently do that practice,” Shuman explains, “but we don’t have a policy that lines up to that, so we’ll have to do that, and then prep our parents that there may longer bus rides for some and shorter bus rides for others.”

Senate Bill 2 would also increase penalties for motorists who fail to stop for buses with their stop arm extended, among other provisions. Shuman says it’s one of a few education-related bills she brought to the attention of the school board, during Monday’s meeting.