Illegal passing: The district (as do districts across the nation) is struggling with vehicles running the lights when loading/unloading children on the roadway. A survey of over 100,000 school bus drivers in 26 states took part this year. The results? Nearly 80,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses on the one day of the survey. This equates to 80,000 near miss accidents involving school children and vehicles.
Our small district has an average of two illegal passes per day, with most happening on Highway 101. While the district does everything possible to load/unload off the roadway, not all residences can be serviced that way.
The district is investigating the cost of mounting special cameras on the buses. Mounted in two places on the side of the bus, the cameras activate when the bus stops and deploys its stop signs and flashers. They can catch multiple views of a passing car and send the video to the police department, which will review the footage and send a citation to the vehicle’s owner.
The transportation department is contacting the local police and Oregon State Police to ask for assistance in observing problem areas. A letter will be sent to the local papers reminding motorists of the law. Page 91 of the Oregon Motor Vehicle manual explains the law clearly. Motorists can be fined $600 for illegal passing, but the loss of a child’s life carries a much higher penalty.
During the week of October 26th through the 30th the Driftwood School celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to reminding students to be drug, alcohol and bully free.
This year's theme was "Respect Yourself, be Drug Free." The Junior National Honor Society sponsored daily activities, a door decorating contest and an all school assembly on Friday. Students and staff alike were engaged, creative and positive. Each years schools around the United States take time to acknowledge the damage drugs, alcohol and bullying can do and pledge to make a change for the better.
Here are some of the doors that were decorated by staff and students!
In light of recent events, many people have wondered what safety guidelines our schools are using. The schools in our district use the "Standard Response Protocol" or SRP.
Promise of Oregon
Click HD to view full-quality video...Port Orford-Langlois School District 2CJ presents its first Promise of Oregon campaign video! Produced, directed and edited by PHS Digital Media independent study student, David Sax.... even the awesome music bed!Posted by Leila Cassel on Wednesday, May 27, 2015