National School Bus Safety Week is an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators and school administrators to join forces to address the importance of school bus safety.
The Department hopes each district and school will take time to recognize National School Bus Safety Week by hosting recognition and awareness activities or teaming up with a neighboring district to promote school bus safety.
Some suggested activities for the week:
- Distribute safety materials to students. Many materials can be found online and from bus vendors;
- Hold an essay contest, and ask students to write about why school bus safety is important, what they can do to keep their buses safe and how they can help their bus drivers each day;
- Contact local law enforcement to ask for officers to participate in school bus stop and school zone monitoring;
- Run annual school bus emergency evacuation drills during this week;
- Invite parents to review safety rules with their children. Encourage children to ask questions about the rules and stress the importance of following all rules;
- Stage a bus and driver at parent information nights or PTA meetings to allow parents to explore the safety features available in today’s modern school bus;
- Hold a transportation “Open Garage” and invite parents or district staff to visit the facility to see what happens daily to transport children safely and efficiently.
- Hold a school bus inspection competition with another district. Use drivers in a road-e-o style inspection or, if available, ask motor vehicle inspection teams to participate.