PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CLARKSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT: On Tuesday, March 12, a student attending fifth grade in the Clarkston School District was struck by a vehicle. The boy was attempting to cross the road after exiting his school bus, when the driver of the oncoming vehicle swerved to avoid the bus and struck the boy. Following the accident, the boys was treated and released from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Clarkston School District would like to remind motorists to slow down and stop for school buses with flashing lights as they are loading and unloading children. Drivers should pay close attention to signs indicating that there is a bus stop ahead, and are required to remain stopped until the bus' stop sign is pulled back.
The Clarkston school bus, from which the fifth-grader exited on Tuesday, was following standard safety practices with its lights flashing and stop sign deployed. The safety of all Clarkston students is the top priority of the school district. Parents are encouraged to teach their children how to be safe when boarding and exiting the bus.
Drivers are reminded to use caution and not attempt to pass or navigate around a school bus with flashing lights. By slowing down and abiding by the law, citizens can assure the safety of all Clarkston's students.