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Indian Creek School District adds new level of safety to buses

Student safety is improving at Indian Creek School District after a new upgrade to half of its buses, with seven of the 14 route vehicles now having PRO-VISION video systems.

Student safety is improving at Indian Creek School District after a new upgrade to half of its buses, with seven of the 14 route vehicles now having PRO-VISION video systems.

This is technology that officials with the school district have never seen, and they say it's going to have a huge impact every single day.

"The No. 1 goal here is to ensure safety of our children loading and unloading on the bus,” said Brenda Staffilino, director of transportation for the Indian Creek School District. “Whether you're going to and from school or you're on an athletic event, we can see everything going on whether it's daylight or dark. It has the infrared so we can see in the night."

Having been the director of transportation for 27 years, she's done a lot of research. The new cameras check quite a few boxes off her list.

"It allows us to bring in the parents in a conference and it allows them to view their own child, and we're able to blur out the other children so we don't violate their rights,” Staffilino said.

Three cameras are spaced out on the right side of the bus. The fourth one shows what's happening outside. The technology allows Staffilino and staff at the school to see where buses are heading, how fast they're going and what's happening inside. A camera can detect sound and get a 180-degree view.

Staffilino said the cameras allow a viewer to see down the seats. A mother could have the view of sitting right beside her child to see what’s going on. The camera could also find something else abnormal, and even an impact if it occurred.

"One thing I've learned in my 27 years is it's all about building relationships and making friends,” Staffilino said. “And not only is education important, but to do it as safe as we can.”

The goal is to have all 14 buses equipped with the new technology by next year.

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