A few years ago, a federal rule went into effect that raised the minimum height of seat backs on new school buses from 20 inches to 24 inches. The goal was to help prevent taller and heavier children from being thrown over the seat in a crash. But can the taller seats have an unintended impact on another aspect of bus safety?
Transportation directors are concerned that the taller seats might restrict the bus drivers’ ability to see their passengers and maintain discipline. Bullying and harassment could get worse with the drivers’ inability to see the smaller passengers or those who slide down in the seats in order to stay out of sight from the driver. Keeping an eye on the kids and on the road is a tricky business.
Safety is always good when it comes to taking care of our children. But what if this safety causes other problems for the school districts?