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First Student Provides School Bus Winter Weather Safety Information


Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

CINCINNATI -First Student, Inc., North America's largest provider of school bus transportation, reminds parents, student passengers and motorists of important winter weather safety information. Snow and ice can make road conditions hazardous. Parents are reminded that according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest way to get to and from school; nearly 10 times safer than walking to school and as much as 7 times safer than traveling in a passenger vehicle.

First Student drivers participate in a comprehensive training program which includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions. Each First Student bus undergoes a monthly maintenance review and yearly examination to ensure it is functioning at optimal safety and service standards. Drivers also conduct a pre-trip bus inspection every day before they begin their routes. First Student buses are designed to provide maximum safety every day, even in extreme weather conditions.



First Student offers these winter weather safety tips:

Motorists should use extra precaution when approaching or following a school bus as they make frequent stops loading and unloading students. Laws in all states require motorists to stop when the school bus stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing.

Students who walk to or wait at school bus stops should dress appropriately for cold, icy weather. Proper outerwear includes warm coats, gloves, hats and waterproof footwear. Passengers should not wear clothes with toggles or dangling key chains as they can get caught in the bus doors or on the handrail.

Passengers should wait for the bus to stop completely before approaching the bus to get on or before standing up to get off. Always use caution when stepping on or off the bus.

Students should never run after the bus. Plan ahead and allow sufficient time to get to the bus stop.

Parents and students should check with their school, school district or emergency closing alert system for any schedule delays or cancellations. Information can generally be found on school websites, and many districts use a phone alert system to announce changes to school or bus schedules. School delays or closings may occur when officials determine that weather conditions are too severe to ensure safe travel to and from school.



Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student says, "Th .....
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Thu, Jan 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, say state health officials.

In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for ..... 
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January is National Radon Action Month

Wed, Jan 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 6, 2010) - EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-r ..... 
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"Toddleriffic" 2010 Resolution:

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



With any new year comes the perfect opportunity to change old habits and introduce healthier lifestyle choices. In the past, your New Year's resolutions probably had something to do with just yourself, but as a parent, there's one other perso ..... 
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Tis (still) the Season for carbon monoxide risks

Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Wintertime weather can bring about more than just snow emergencies in Minnesota. Accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings also peak during winter months, according to a new report on CO exposures released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) ..... 
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Fillmore County reschedules seasonal flu vaccination clinics

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering a seasonal influenza immunization clinic on December 30, 2009, from 10 AM to 1 PM at Hillside Apartments located at 409 South Hudson in Spring Valley. This seasonal flu vaccination clinic is open ..... 
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Mindfulness through the holidays

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Researchers, parents, and helping professionals are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence. Wouldn't it be great if there was a method for improving family relationships that was inexpensive, ..... 
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Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

January is National Blood Donor Month. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope. If you haven't donated blood through the Red Cross, add another resol ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 43 units

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 15 succeeded in collecting 43 units of blood despite the bitter cold weather. There were 46 donors that presented with five first-time participants. Congratulations to five donors who reached the following ..... 
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