Columbus City Schools ready to welcome students back to class

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Students in the state’s largest school district head back to the classroom on Wednesday.

“I just went and did some last minute shopping. I did shopping for supplies,” says parent Marissa Phipps.

She is wrapping up the loose ends as her third grader Amaria gets ready for her first day at her new school.

“I want to pass the third grade so I can go through all my grades so I can be smart and be a baby nurse,” Amaria says.

This future nurse will be riding the bus. About 750 of them will transport students to class in the morning.

“We are just finishing up checking on all the buses to make sure they are sound and safe,” Columbus City Schools Transportation Supervisor Roger Dempsey explains.

Those last minute preps include walking through the check list. Flashing lights are enabled, drivers activate stop signs, they even look under the hood. The district is prepared and they want driver’s to be ready as well.

“When they see those buses, they need to be very very careful,” Dempsey says. “That is one of the most critical times we wil have in conjunction with the transporting of our students.”

Children might be excited to hop on the bus. Some might also be lost or confused. Everyone should be aware and focused.

“We really need a team effort, a collective mindset for safety. It is an exciting time for the students,” Dempsey says.

Parent and drivers are asked to be mindful so Amaria and other students can get to school safely and learn about their favorite subjects.

Families concerned about possible bus delays can utilize the Columbus City Schools app. The app will include real time information on any bus delays or changes.

“We try to keep that as up to date as we possibly can,” Dempsey says. “If we have any delays whatsoever, it will be posted there. They have access to it and they will be as informed as we are.”

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