Create a Federal Law Limiting The Number of Students Allowed On a Bus

Create a Federal Law Limiting The Number of Students Allowed On a Bus

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  Imagine this: you board a bus full of sweaty, nasty, stinky middle schoolers after having a very stressful day in class. Not fun, right. Well, many middle and high schoolers deal with this dilemma every day. Even today, there is no law limiting the maximum capacity for a school bus. This in turn creates safety problems along with an unpleasant atmosphere. In today’s growing nation, the school boards need to place a regulation to limit the capacity of a school bus through law because it will benefit the students’ lives, help the schools, and increase safety. 
  First, with the overcrowded busses, the students are exposed to chaotic conditions. While riding the bus may sprout friendships, overcrowded busses will bring out rivalries. Fighting over seats and who sits with who is common on a bus but is even worse when students must sit three to a seat. Continuing, when a populous school doesn’t have any regulations on how many kids ride in a bus at once, they tend to pack the students in a few vehicles which doesn’t leave any room for everyone. People end up sitting on one another's laps, riding along on the grime filled aisle, or hiking their bodies up onto the 5 inches of space left on the already full bus seat. Most importantly, kids with health conditions, such as anxiety or asthma, aren’t given the respect that is needed. The busses are crowded, muggy, and loud, which can spike someone’s anxiety and cause a panic attack. With so many people around, no one may be able to spot it and get that personal help and they may sit there suffering for a while. Same goes for a kid with asthma. Not only does the overcrowding cause the student to have an episode, the student may not get the help needed in the moment because everyone is in a constant state of commotion. School bus transportation was created to make it easier for parents, working or not, to get their children safely to school, and these problems don’t live up to that mission. Many working families can’t drive their students to work every day because the bus provides an unsafe environment. It is the school’s job to protect the students and they don’t do that by allowing 80+ on a bus at one time. Without regulations, students don’t have enough room on the bus to create a safe and positive environment and settle in the benches securely.      
  Furthermore, jam-packed busses leave little room for safety to be enforced. In a bus, one can find a surplus of backpacks, lunch boxes, gym bags, instruments, color guard flags, and other personal items along with the bodies of the students. These items occupy enough space as it is, but with the 80+ students aboard the bus, there are even more school related items taking up space. If an emergency pops up, getting out of the hazardous vehicle with all the luggage lying around would be complex and unsafe. Along with that, the bus drivers are under too much pressure. When busses become filled with tons of students, the driver ends up dealing with more children than teachers do per class period. This in turn overwhelms him/her, which leads to the bus driver yelling at the loud children. After this little outburst, the bus driver gets distracted and isn’t as aware as he/she could be. Finally, with less stops per bus, kids could get to and from school faster and busses would be able to pick up the students of a broken-down bus without worries. 
  The solution to overcrowded busses is simple: create a federal law requiring each county to enforce a lawful limit on the maximum capacity per school bus. Although many people think putting three 9th graders on one bus seat is as efficient as grouping together, it’s not. The children are being over heated. While there should be a limit, each grade school should have a unique restriction compared to one another. Middle and high schoolers should only be allowed to have two seaters but have room for the occasional one or two three seaters. Elementary school busses should be open to as many three seaters as needed but still leave room for two seaters. All grade schools should ban having four to a seat, people sitting on someone else’s lap, and sitting on the floor. In the case of an emergency, these rules could be bent such as if a bus broke down. The limitations should be reasonable and respect the needs of different aged students. 
  So, all in all, there needs to be a law put in placing requiring each county to place a cutoff point on how many students can ride on a school bus at a time. The limit will help increase safety, efficiency, and improve the social atmosphere of public-school busses across America. 

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