School Buses to Undergo Annual Safety Inspections This Week in KCKPS

July 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ (KCKPS) 185 school buses and 5 vans will undergo thorough safety inspections this week in preparation for the 2016-17 school year. The first day of school for students grades K-5, 6 and 9 is Monday, August 15. The first day for all students is August 16.

This annual School Bus Inspection, coordinated by the Kansas Highway Patrol, will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the KCKPS Transportation Department, 6126 Parallel Parkway.

Highway Patrol officers will work with a team of bus drivers to thoroughly inspect each of the district’s buses and vans. They will be checking the lights, emergency exits, the brake systems, tires, windshield wipers, safety equipment on board and more. By regulations, KCKPS must have each school bus inspected annually, and cannot transport students until the inspection process has been completed and the buses are found to be in proper working order.

Mechanics at the bus barn work diligently throughout the summer months to prepare for this date by making sure that each bus’s mechanical system is in working order, and to confirm that the appropriate safety devices are in place and working properly.

This safety inspection means that the new school year is just around the corner!

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242