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September 28, 2010  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Video: District plans bus loop redesign to improve safety

Middle school students end up walking among the vehicles in the bus loop looking for the correct bus.

Middle school students end up walking among the vehicles in the bus loop looking for the correct bus.

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Hyde Park Central School District (CSD) has proposed the reconstruction of the bus loop at Haviland Middle School (HMS) to address safety issues.

Designs were developed following two public input meetings held in August and September. A final session on the proposal will be held this week.

The district has posted an information page about the project, providing links to minutes from the public meetings, a frequently-asked questions page, and a video that illustrates the district's motivations for the redesign.

As the video illustrates, the HMS bus loop does not allow for the orderly dismissal of students. School officials say buses are not lined up in the correct order and students end up running around the loop looking for their bus among the vehicles.

The district's high school has a bus dismissal system in place that allows the buses to line up in the same order every day and pull out of the bus loop without backing up. About 1,500 students are loaded in around 8 minutes, while at the middle school, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to load 1,000 students, according to the video.

Haviland Bus Loop - Proposition III - Hyde Park Central School District from HydePark CSD on Vimeo.

According to the district's information page, officials plan to address the concerns raised about balancing the historic aspects of HMS with student and staff safety.

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Not all schools have the room to organize the buses in the same manor as HydePark. How ever if Schools were more strict about parents pulling into the bus areas, holding up buses causing the buses to have to maneuver around moving traffic and students. There would be less danger,students could be loaded in a timely manor and buses could stay on schedule.

Ann Schall    |    Oct 03, 2010 10:54 AM

This school while large in size, the parking lot/driveway has always been much too small to handle the amount of traffic. Where the school is located too doesn't afford buses waiting to pull into the driveway. This school was built in the 1940's when Hyde Park NY was very rural-it was part of Roosevelt's CCC Corps. The upgrades are needed for sure-I know George Treadwell knows what he's doing about getting this changed-it's been a nightmare for him probably since he took over the district transportation in Hyde Park. He's been proactive about getting it changed. It's the district voters that will be the deciding factor-but no one should ever be walking between buses that are in motion.

Nell D    |    Sep 30, 2010 09:42 AM

I am astounded that this dilemma exhists. I graduated from HS in 1965.Even then, there was forsight to have assigned spaces for the buses. In this case, since there is not enough room for all the buses (?), there could be a staggered dismissal. ie , if there were 20 buses, dismiss 1-10 first and have them depart--SAFELY. Buses 11-20 pull into place. Dismiss 11-20 riders. This probably would not take any longer than the present 20 minutes. Just a thought which would not involve construction which translates into $$$$ or comprimising the historical assets of the school. I drive a school bus and am baffled that this dangerous situation has been permitted. Also, are these district buses or contracted? Communication folks--COMMUNICATION!

Linda F.    |    Sep 28, 2010 01:54 PM

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