National School Bus Safety Week Oct 21-25

National School Bus Safety Week Oct 21-25
Posted on 10/16/2019

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

The theme for the 2019 National School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 21-25 this year is "My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation."

Some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus. Designed for safety, with flashing lights, giant mirrors, stop-sign arms, and that bright yellow color, students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

School buses are designed to protect students through compartmentalization - closely spaced seats and high, energy-abosorbing seat backs. Seat belts protect students, too.

While school buses are the safest way for students to travel, what happens outside the bus is not as safe. Nearly two-thirds of school bus-related fatalities of school-age children occur outside of the school bus. ​While riding your bus, please take note of what is occuring outside the bus as it approaches and leaves the stop. Specifically, look to see if children and parents are adhering to these safety rules:

At the bus stop, are:

  • Children standing 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb (or edge of pavement) while waiting for the bus?

  • Parents supervising young children?

  • Students crossing in front of the bus - with at least 10 feet (or five giant steps) of clearance and making eye contact with the driver before crossing?

  • Students waiting until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus or standing up on the bus?

  • Students buckled up if seat belts are available?

  • Students staying in their seat, keeping head, arms, and papers inside the bus, talking quietly and behaving appropriately?

  • Aisles clear of books and bags?

Thank you again for accepting the challenge and helping Flagler Schools promote National School Bus Safety Week! © 2019 Flagler County Public Schools.