Deadline for bus safety alert systems to be extended

Local educational agencies who have struggled to meet new safety requirements on school buses will be given more time to comply, under a bill pending in the Legislature. After the death of a student with special needs who had been left unattended on a school bus, lawmakers adopted mandates on districts to install alarm systems that must be manually turned off at the back of the vehicle.

The bill, signed into law in 2016, gave LEAs until the beginning of this school year to comply. Because a large number of districts have had difficulty outfitting all their buses, lawmakers have proposed giving an additional six months to meet the requirement.

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