Students across Indiana are turning in their sidewalk chalk for pencils and pens as they close the book on summer and head back to class.
Ten school districts in Michiana start Tuesday, including South Bend schools.
One effort South Bend Community Schools is hoping to improve on this year is their transportation system.
Head of the district’s transportation department, Jovon Boyer, says great planning and some important modifications bring hope for a good year.
There have been some changes in policy, including a no cell phone rule for drivers. “We have now begun a new policy of no use of cell phones by our drivers. We felt that cell phones were too big of a distraction to our drivers and we wanted to make sure our drivers focus on the road and our students. So as of right now there is a no cell phone policy for our drivers in South Bend,” says Boyer.
Boyer also says it’s important of other drivers to be aware of all the buses back on the roads. He says commuters should be alert and conscious of the students crossing the streets and boarding and un-boarding buses.
He also asks the parents of the students to be patient with the drivers in their first week of school as they adjust to the new schedules.
Furthermore, encourage your student to form a good relationship with their driver and enjoy the bus rides.
If you have questions for the transportation department, you can call the Transportation Hotline at (574) 283-7580.