POSTED: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 3, 2010 - 11:47pm
Students on school buses may not be buckled in for a while.
Berenice Zubia is the Executive Director of Public Relations for EPISD, and she said," We currently do not have any school buses with seat belts."
Students in El Paso won't be able to "click it" on school buses for a while.
Texas Education Agency budget cuts are keeping kids from buckling up on the big yellow bus.
"We're not the only school district, this is happening across Texas. And this is a state bill that got passed and unfortunately because of the cuts that are happening across the state, school districts are not receiving these funds," Zubia said.
The new mandate was set for September and requires three-point shoulder belts for new school buses.
But the allotted $10,000,000 for the program has come up short and now can only provide $3.6 million for seatbelts for every school bus in Texas.
"We unfortunately have to do without, but when this funding does come available it's going to be a welcome thing for the district. But in the mean time, we are going to be focusing on safety and our great driving record," Zubia said.
Although these funds have not become available for EPISD they say they are taking every precaution necessary to keep their students safe in and off the bus.
"We have not had up to date a serious accident with a bus," Zubia said.