PHENIX CITY,Ala.- Thursday was the first day of school for students in Russell County.
One local school is doing everything in their power to make sure students get to and from school safely.
Kimberly Elek has three kids who attend Ladonia Elementary School and today her youngest son started kindergarten.
Elek said, “It was his first year going to school, so it was nervous for mom.”
More than 400 students attend Ladonia, which makes it crucial for the faculty to monitor which students are taking the school bus and where they’re going.
Jacob Johnson, the Assistant Principal at Ladonia Elementary says getting students on the right buses is important start the year of smoothly.
Johnson said, “If anything goes wrong it throws off the timing of the route, they may be late getting to school or getting home.”
Students have different colored wrist bands to make sure they get on the right bus.
Pam Simpson, the Principal at Ladonia Elementary says the wristbands make loading the buses easier during the first few days.
“Say they’re on the red bus and then they would get a red wrist band. If they rode the bus this morning they would get a wrist band and then this afternoon they’ll match them up and make sure they’re on the right bus,” said Simpson.
If students get on the wrong bus they will contact the school and parents immediately.
Meanwhile Elek doesn’t have to worry about her kids because they’re in good hands.
Elek said, “They make sure they get to their classes like they’re supposed to and they make sure that I get them at the end of day safely.”
Ladonia encourages parents to get to the bus stop early. They tell parents not to run after the school bus if they miss the bus because drivers are instructed not to turn around.