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Title Smart School Bus Safety Pilot Program
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

The bill creates the smart school bus safety pilot program (pilot
program) in the department of public safety (department) to increase the
safety of students and the security of school buses. The department is
required to enter into an agreement with an organization to administer the
pilot program (program administrator). The program administrator must
notify school districts of the program; develop and maintain a website,

online service, online application, or mobile application, or a combination
thereof, to provide secure parental notification, at no cost to parents,
relating to school bus and student status; recruit school bus drivers;
inform and educate the public about school bus transportation safety; and
develop funding sources for school transportation safety.
The department awards 3-year grants to school districts for the
provision of hardware and software that will allow the bus to
communicate directly with first responders by voice communication and
by using a silent duress alarm; the maintenance of that equipment;
training; and providing secure parental notification, at no cost to parents,
relating to school bus and student status. The program administrator must
provide support for grant recipients.

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