Students, parents reminded about school bus safety (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

Last school year, a preschooler picked up at the Independence Center for Early Learning in Bartlett was left on a bus for two hours before an Elgin School District U46 bus driver discovered the boy at the district garage.

In 2009, a 7-year-old boy was run over by a bus while it was unloading in front of Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin.

And earlier this month, a Kane County judge decided not to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Community Unit School District 300 and its transportation provider, Durham School Services, by a woman whose daughter was injured on a school bus in 2010.

Despite those incidents, school buses continue to be the safest way for students to travel, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

And National Express Corporation released a reminder as school buses return to area roads, that “everyone plays a role in school bus safety.” Durham, along with Stock Transportation and Petermann all are part of National Express Corporation, headquartered in Warrenville.

“At Durham, Petermann and Stock, we are focused on one thing, and that’s transporting children to school safely,” said Michele McDermott, senior vice president, safety and human resources at National Express Corporation.

“We take this responsibility seriously and have been preparing all summer for the new school year.”

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