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More than 1,000 violations reported in 2019 one-day survey
TOPEKA — Stop on Red, Kids Ahead is a new campaign launched by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to bring awareness to the Kansas school bus stop arm law. As Kansas schools gear up for the 2019-2020 school year, it is critical for drivers to be vigilant when school buses are in the vicinity and to obey the law, which requires all motorists to stop when approaching a stopped school bus from either direction when it’s displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm. Motorists have to remain stopped until the bus is no longer displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm.
Violation of the law endangers children and is punishable by a fine and court costs in excess of $420.
The Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign includes news releases, social media reminders, posters for schools, safety flyers, informational handouts and bumper stickers.
In April 17, 2019, Kansas bus drivers reported 1,040 stop arm violations. The data was collected during the Kansas One-Day Stop Arm Violation Count. There were 220 districts and 3,300 buses that participated in this year’s Kansas survey. In April 2018, 214 districts and 3,347 buses participated and reported 1,030 violations.
There were 691 violations reported by 188 districts (2,527 buses) in April 2017.
The surveys are conducted every year at the request of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, said Keith Dreiling, director of KSDE’s School Bus Safety Unit.
“School bus safety should be a top priority year-round,” Dreiling said. “It is the responsibility of everyone to make sure Kansas students remain safe. School buses remain very safe, but we know that student passengers are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus, so please obey the stop arm law.”
When a school bus stops and activates its stop arm and flashing red lights, all traffic must stop from both directions – despite if it is a two- or four-lane roadway. When a school bus stops and activates its stop arm and flashing red lights on a divided highway with a median separation, traffic approaching the bus from behind must stop.
For more information on the Kansas One-Day Stop Arm Violation Count, visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School Finance/School-Bus-Safety/School-Bus-Safety-Illegal-Passing-Information.
The following information was released on July 18, 2019 from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (see attached letter)
Immunization requirements and recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year are based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. The current recommended and minimum interval immunization schedules may be found on the CDC webpage. The best disease prevention is achieved by adhering to the recommended schedule. However, if a child falls behind, the minimum interval schedule is implemented. To avoid missed opportunities, immunization providers may use a 4-day grace period, in most instances, per age and interval between doses. In such cases, these doses may be counted as valid.
K.S.A. 72 - 6261 - Kansas Statutes Related to School Immunizations Requirements and K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines the immunizations required for school and early childhood program attendance published in the July 18, 2019 Kansas Register.
• Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP/Tdap): Five doses required. Doses should be given at 2 months, 4
months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). The 4th dose may be given as
early as 12 months of age, if at least 6 months have elapsed since dose 3. The 5th dose is not necessary if the
4th dose was administered at age 4 years or older. A single dose of Tdap is required at entry to 7th grade.
• Hepatitis A: Two doses required. Doses should be given at 12 months with a minimum interval of 6
months between the 1st and 2nd dose. (Effective August 2, 2019)
• Hepatitis B: Three doses required. Doses should be given at birth, 1-2 months, and 6-18 months. Minimum age for the final dose is 6 months.
• Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Two doses required. Doses should be given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). Minimum age is 12 months and interval between doses may be as short as 28 days.
• Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required. (Effective August 2, 2019)
• Poliomyelitis (IPV/OPV): Four doses required. Doses should be given at 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and 4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). Three doses are acceptable if 3rd dose was given after 4 years of age and at least 6 months have elapsed since dose 2.
• Varicella (chickenpox): Two doses are required. Doses should be given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years (prior to kindergarten entry). The 2nd dose may be administered as early as 3 months after the 1st dose, however, a dose administered after a 4-week interval is considered valid. No doses are required when student has history of varicella disease documented by a licensed physician.
Legal alternatives to school vaccination requirements are found in K.S.A. 72-6262.
In addition, to the immunizations required for school entry the following vaccines are recommended to protect students:
• Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Two doses recommended at 11 years of age or three doses if the series is started after 15 years.
• Influenza: Annual vaccination recommended for all ages > 6 months of age. Number of doses is dependent on
age and number of doses given in previous years.
Vaccination efforts by school and public health officials, immunization providers, and parents are key to the success of protecting our children and communities from vaccine preventable diseases. Thank you for your dedication.