Emergency bus evacuation drills at Southside ISD teach safety and leadership skills


SAN ANTONIO – For parents, taking the bus to school can sometimes seem like the safest and fastest option. However, do the students know what to do in an emergency?

On Monday morning, summer school students at Gallardo Elementary School in Southside ISD participated in an emergency bus evacuation exercise to learn the basics.

Emergency bus evacuation drills teach Southside ISD students safety and leadership skills. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

The administrators brought in 10 buses for 250 students to participate in the exercises.

During these sessions, the students learned:

  • When / how to get out of a bus in the event of an accident.

  • How to get out of a bus in case of smoke.

  • How to open the roof hatch.

  • How to exit correctly through the back door.

  • What to do after getting off the bus.

“God forbid that something is going on. You don’t want that to happen, but when they do, we want to be prepared, ”said Henry Izaguirre, COO of Southside ISD. “On our side, there is a certain assurance that everyone has trained the right way. We stress student safety here (at Southside ISD). Safety is one of our primary concerns, and whenever we have the opportunity to train our children in proper safety procedures, we take advantage of it. “

Parents like María Álvarez have said that these exercises make them more comfortable.

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“It brings me more peace, because that way I know they (know where) the exits are,” she said.

Izaguirre said these exercises also teach children leadership skills, as assigned assistants must provide support to each passenger as they sit and slide out of the back of the bus.

“A lot of (the exercises) are student-assisted, so it also gives them a bit of leadership skills,” he said.

Safety drills will continue this week for middle school students from the summer school, followed by all students when classes resume in mid-August.

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