'Who knows better what kind of day that kid is having than their school bus driver?'

800 drivers from 56 school districts from around the state took park in the training, and on of the speakers, Dr. Steven Sroka, says bus drivers can prevent school violence because they're the first person a student sees every day, and sometimes the last. (SBG)/

EUGENE, Ore. - School bus drivers are one of the most important players in keeping schools safe.

That was the message at Saturday's "Oregon Pupil Transportation Association" training in Eugene.

800 drivers from 56 school districts from around the state took park in the training, and on of the speakers, Dr. Steven Sroka, says bus drivers can prevent school violence because they're the first person a student sees every day, and sometimes the last.

Sroka encouraged drivers to greet each student by their name and pay attention to their mood and behaviors.

"Who knows better what kind of day that kid is going to have than their school bus driver?" asked Sroka, the president of Health Education Consultants. "The first person to see them, and if that bus driver does see something, then they can go to school and they can request the mental health services."

Dr. Sroka encouraged drivers to use the three L's: Look, Listen and Learn.

The six-hour training also covered how to avoid distracted driving.

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