Hillsborough schools evaluate bus routes through downtown - FOX 13 News

Hillsborough schools evaluate bus routes through downtown

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For ten months, Hillsborough County school leaders have been devising their plans to keep kids safe during the RNC.

Students at Rampello K-8 school have already been back in class a week.

They will be off the week of the RNC due to their proximity to the Forum. But while kids are away, their building is being protected by a security film on the windows.

It will prevent the windows from shattering in the event something is thrown at them.

Transportation will also be a key issue during the RNC. There are nine buses that pick up kids on Harbour Island. On Monday, bus drivers will do a rest run of their routes. They will follow the Secret Service routes off the island.

"We will have officers on every bus, so the buses will be moving quickly through. Remember, the times of the convention where there will be a crowd of people downtown will not be in the morning at all," said Hillsborough Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia.

It'll be more of a headache getting kids home after school. But the district is encouraging parents to have their kids ride the bus from the first day of school. They want the drivers to be familiar with each child that rides their bus.

"It will actually be much more expeditious for them to get to school and will allow less traffic to cause more traffic jams. So it'll be better for them to take the bus, understanding that we will be extremely careful," she said.

The district will use social media, Facebook and Twitter to alert parents to bus route changes or late buses.

Twitter handle: @HillsboroughSch

Facebook link: Facebook.com/HillsboroughSch

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