A policy banning bus drivers from communicating on cell phones or other electronic devices was placed on a 30-day comment period during Tuesday’s Raleigh County Board of Education meeting.

The policy states all bus drivers must refrain “from the use of cell phones or any personal electronic device while operating a school bus whether or not student passengers are present.”

Transportation Director Jerry Redden said he sent a memo two years ago advising drivers not to use cell phones, but the message has not gotten through to all drivers.

“(This will) help get the message out and deal with people who don’t want to comply,” he said.

In case of an emergency, the policy states drivers must stop the bus in a safe area before using a cell phone.

Also, Redden says the buses are equipped with their own communication devices.

“We have two-way radios, so if we need them (bus drivers), we can get to them.”

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Also Tuesday, board member Larry Ford and Mick Bates of Bodyworks Rehabilitation presented Trap Hill Middle School student Jacob Abrams and Independence High School student Tyler Bonnett $100 each after their submissions were selected for use in creating the logo and name for the Raleigh County Wellness Committee Web site.

The site, www.raleighcountywellness.com, which will feature wellness activities in schools and communities, as well as schedules for athletic events, was donated and will be maintained by Colony Drug and Wellness Center.

“The Web site will grow over time with contributions from school wellness coaches,” county child nutrition director Rosie Cook said.

The logo for the site, which is designed for teachers, staff, students and families, represents motion and nutrition.

— E-mail: mjames@register-herald.com

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