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Some local school buses don't make the grade

Posted at 6:19 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 06:41:50-04

Every school day in the United States, 25 million children ride the big yellow bus.

School buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road.

But, some local district's aren't making the grade when it comes to school bus safety.

Frank Klavinger is just one of 11 Michigan State Police school bus inspectors in the state.

He's responsible for checking the bus, top to bottom, inside and out.

And when each inspection is over, the bus is issued a special decal.

"A green sticker decal indicates the bus is safe and has passed all of the safety component inspection items. If the bus has a yellow sticker, that sticker indicates there's some defective equipment but the bus can still operate."

A red sticker means the bus is not safe to drive and will not be back out on the road until its repaired.

We took a look at the most recent inspection report for school districts in our area.

Out of 96 buses on the road, Lansing only had one bus that didn't pass.

Jackson was a different story. 
Out of 54 buses in the district, 16 of them should never be on the road.

Other districts around Mid-Michigan:

- East Lansing Schools - Only one bus was flagged
- Eaton Rapids - all green light.

You too can check to see if the bus your child is riding on is safe.
It's an app where you can scan the QR code on every bus door to see if it failed or passed.

The inspection cycle starts up again this year on Sept. 1 and will go on until Aug. 31 of next year.