Preparing the wheels on the bus to go round and round

The first full day of classes for Kirksville schools is Thursday.

To the relief of many parents, summer break is almost over. The kids, on the other hand, probably aren't that excited about that, but at least they have one of the safest ways to get to school, if they ride the bus.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that school buses are the safest mode of transportation, seven times safer than cars and trucks.

Weber Bus Company in Kirksville has a contract with the Kirksville School District to provide transportation to students.

Weber employees go to great lengths to make sure their buses are safe.

â??Bus drivers come in early. They pre-trip their buses, meaning they give it a once-over inside and outside and make sure things are functioning from a safety standpoint. Bus drivers can then also come in off their route and report any maintenance issues," said Shawn Corbett, Kirksville Schools Transportation Director.

Corbett says Weber's school buses scored a 95 out of 100 percent during the last inspection by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Weber's received a score of 100 percent during its five inspections before that.

The first full day of classes for Kirksville schools is Thursday.