Safety devices added to school buses in Prince George County

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) – A new school year brings new safety measures in Prince George County. The district dished out thousands of dollars to outfit school buses with an alert system. The system is called "No Child Left Behind" the goal is just that to ensure that no child is accidentally left alone on the school bus.

There's a new feature on all one-hundred school buses in Prince George County. A silver button can help keep your child safe; it's part of a warning device. Seconds after the bus driver turns off the ignition, if that button isn't pushed, a loud alarm sounds forcing the driver to walk to the back of the bus to push the button - deactivating the alarm.

"There's no way you can forget to check the back of the bus - ensuring that no child is left behind at that point," said Ronald Rhodes, Prince George County Schools Director of Transportation.

The school district decided to purchase the system after a child fell asleep and was left behind on a bus last school year.

"One child left behind on the bus can be very traumatic for that child. We don't want that to happen again. We're trying to do everything in our power to make it safe for children to ride the buses," Rhodes said.

The technology is being used in surrounding localities. Richmond implemented the device last year -- after 4-year-old Nyheim Butler was left on a hot city school bus for an hour.

Bus drivers in Prince George say the technology will help them do their jobs more effectively while giving parents peace of mind.

"They'll know their child has been delivered and can't be left on the bus whether it's in the morning or evening and they'll know their child made it to his destination," Rhodes said.

That Prince George student who was accidentally left behind on the school bus was not injured.

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