As the school year wrapped up, so did the first year of our bus paddle camera program. We first communicated about the program in September, installed the cameras in October, provided a grace period in December and fully launched the program in January. From January to June the program was fully active, and the cameras recorded 923 violations of vehicles failing to stop when the bus stop paddle was fully extended. Student safety and well-being continues to be a priority for the district. We hope as the program continues the number of violations will decrease.
The program will continue to run throughout the summer for our students attending summer school. During the summer we will have eight more cameras installed on our buses, with a focus on buses that transport our special education students. We encourage you to visit our Student Safety Stop Paddle Camera Program page for frequently asked questions and to refresh your knowledge on when it is and is not legal to pass a stopped school bus.