Madison, IN Light rain shower 91°
Listen Live

Schools Back, Watch For Buses

Remember bus safety

Kids are heading back to school across the district (some have already started), so here's a refresher on school bus safety and when you have to stop!

Law enforcement agencies across Indiana plan to crackdown on bus stop violations as the new school year begins.  Governor Holcomb announced yesterday that the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute would be helping with that effort by funding overtime patrols for the next two months.  Three-hundred-and-eighty-thousand dollars will be awarded to 39 police agencies.  They will be ensuring drivers stop for school buses that have the stop arm extended while loading and unloading students.

Another back to school change includes that if a school bus is operated on a U.S. or state route, outside city or town boundaries, the bus driver may not load or unload a student at a location that requires the student to cross a roadway. The only exception is if there are no other safe alternatives.

The law also says school bus drivers should load or unload students as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

The law mandates school corporations, charter schools and accredited nonpublic schools that provide transportation to annually review their school bus routes and safety policies.

Rep. Terry Goodin, an Austin Democrat who also is superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools, said the school corporation had to make some changes to their bus routes but that they were already complying with the additional safety codes.

“We changed up some routes to make sure we were picking up kids on certain sides of the road and on the door side of the bus,” he said.

Goodin said their bus drivers are professional who do a “superb job” and are “always on the spot.”

“They treat those kids that get on that bus just like they would their own,” he said. “They’re conscious about the safety procedures and habits.”

Adam Baker, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Education, said the department has spoken to most districts and, so far, all have said they are able to comply.

He said IDOE wrote and distributed guidance for the districts based on the new law.

More from Local News

Events

  • Summer Reading Program Kids and Teens

    Read for fun this summer and you could win big! The library is hosting our annual summer reading program for all ages! Children earn prizes for every eight books or two hours of reading up to 32 books/8hrs. Read more for more chances to win local gift certificates. Young Adults ages 11-18 earn free book prizes for every five hours read and the chance to win a weekly drawing. Participants do not need to register! Simply complete reading logs and then use the Reading Log Entry Google Forms to submit entries. Contact the library if you would prefer a paper reading log or would like help submitting your reading progress. Prize pick-ups arranged through google forms or by contacting the library. Visit www.mjcpl.org or the Summer Reading Facebook Page: JCPL Summer Reading for more details.

    at Madison Public Library
  • Grab & Go Crafts

    Each week the library will have a different craft kit suitable for kids of all ages through our summer reading program. Simply sign up online using our event calendar a week in advance or call the library to reserve a kit. Themes include foam crowns, spinning tops, pinwheels, and more. Decide which library you would like to pick up your kit from when you register. Kits may be picked up from Tuesday through Friday/Saturday. Days and hours are dependent on the current library hours at each location. Check www.mjcpl.org or call 812/265-2744 for current library hours. Free.

    at Madison Public Library
  • "Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading at the Jefferson County Public Library

    June 15th-July 25th 2020 Step 1: GET A READING LOG! 3 ways to get the log- Madison and Hanover locations www.mjcpl.org JCPL Summer Reading on Facebook Step 2: READ! Read any book you like and keep track of minutes read or books finished using the log for your age group. Audio and e-books count too! Prizes for the first 4 completed reading logs and drawing entries for up to 12 completed reading logs. Step 3: RECORD YOUR LOGS When you enter a finished log, you are automatically entered into a prize drawing and can arrange for reading prize pickup! Children's drawings weekly. Teen drawings depend on submissions. Step 4: PICK UP YOUR PRIZES! The form will ask where you would like to pick up your prizes. *CHECK OUT THE ACTIVITY CALENDAR FOR JUNE AND JULY ON FACEBOOK AT JCPL SUMMER READING* Main Library: 812-265-2744 Hanover Branch: 812-866-1470

    at Jefferson County Public Library

Local News

DNR Law Enforcement Investigation

Additional investigation and interviews are underway. 

Police Seek Assistance in Locating Murder Suspect

His last known location was in Clarksville on Sunday, July 5.

Sheriff Goodin: Maximizing Scott Counties Readiness for Anything

The LAV's will also be on loan to our surrounding counties on an as-needed basis. 

Local Sports

Madison Cubs earn esteemed IHSAA Sportsmanship Award

Madison Consolidated High School is one of 23 schools from across the state to be named a winner for the recently completed academic year.

Carroll County High School Offering Sports Physicals

Students can get their physicals on July 14.