Food for thought. Below is a message from the Utah Safety Council on distracted driving.
|Hands-Free is not Risk Free
|April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and the Utah Safety Council wants to emphasize that hands-free devices are not any safer than manually answering the phone while driving.
80 percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone but that is not the case. Have you ever been talking with the passengers in your car and missed a turn or ran a red light? Many studies have shown that hands-free devices are no safer because the brain is still distracted by the conversation. When talking on the cellphone, drivers are distracted and will miss up to half of what is going on around them such as: pedestrians, stop signs, and traffic lights.
Many states require people to use hands-free devices instead which is why there is a lot of confusion about hands-free devices. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands-free features in dashboards actually increase mental distraction. Texas A&M found that using voice-to-text functions are as distracting as typing the texts manually while driving.
As we are driving this April, let us all remember that hands-free driving is not risk free and keep our phones off and out of sight.
Weber School District has partnered with the Weber Morgan Health Department in offering a Town Hall meeting. Information about this meeting is included on the link below. This is open to the general public. You are invited to attend if you would like to.
Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting Flyer
Mark your calendars on Thursday, August 13th for our annual bus driver in-service at Fremont High School from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All contracted bus drivers and substitutes drivers must attend an in-service in order to drive in the Fall. Those who have conflicts with this day will need to make arrangements to attend in another district. Be aware that the number of districts who have open attendance are very limited. It is always best if you can attend ours so that you can be a part of our district business portion. Hope that this gives you plenty of time to plan your summer schedules. Thanks.
The 2015-16 Re-Employment Questionnaire is now available on Employee Online. ALL EMPLOYEES (except substitutes, part-time custodians, temporary employees, and board members) need to complete the questionnaire through Employee Online by February 28th, 2015. If you have further questions please contact Human Resources 801-476-7886.
Executive Human Resources Director
As most of you aware, we had a virus outbreak.
We are still in the process of cleaning up. Things you need to do to help us and yourself:
- Delete all emails with “fa” subject (even forwards from other people)
- IF you opened the attachment in the email, please notify your school technician and they will help you clean your computer
- IF you opened the attachment, you NEED to change all of your passwords (social network, banks, medical, etc)
- DO NOT change your passwords unless your computer is clean, or change it once you go home
Alex Korkishko –
Senior Systems Engineer – USSP supervisor
Weber School District
If you have opened this email on a windows computer, do not worry if you have opened it on your phone, contact someone here at the office and we will help you.
The schedule for the monthly safety meetings is now posted on the calendar. Future training classes will also be posted.
We are in the planning stages, on a state level, for the annual in-service. As a district we are planning to hold our in-service in the month of August as we did last year and still having only one day The location is yet to be determined but will be decided on shortly. Those who are putting the in-service together are planning for a very informative, yet fun day with lots of hands on and interactive activities. I really think the direction that they are going will make this a very fast paced, enjoyable day. We will let you know the date and place as quickly as possible so that you can make your summer plans. Remember, everyone must attend in-service in order to drive next year and we strongly suggest that you plan to attend ours. Those who have conflicts must make arrangements to attend one in another district and it seems that the options for districts that have available space and are close to us seem to get smaller every year.