School Resource Officer

SSO Officer Michaud

SSO Officer Michaud

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Schoolbus Safety

Rensselaer City School District is proud to announce that we’ve joined a new School Bus Safety Program in line with NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law 1174-A.

As part of the program, all school buses that transport Rensselaer City School District students will be outfitted with safety technology to make the ride to and from school safer for all. This technology includes stop-arm enforcement cameras designed to detect vehicles that illegally pass stopped school buses while the bus’s stop sign arm and red lights are engaged. Authorized approvers then review the footage to determine whether to issue a violation by mail.

At Rensselaer City School District, the safety of our children is a top priority. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation estimates that motorists illegally pass stopped school buses in New York State 50,000 times a day. Over time, this safety initiative seeks to curb dangerous driving behavior around school buses.

In addition to the enforcement technology, our buses will be outfitted with other important safety features, including interior cameras, GPS tracking, and an emergency response panic button for bus drivers to alert school officials in the event of an incident.

All this technology has been provided at zero cost to the school district or taxpayers as the program is entirely and exclusively violator funded.