Please join us as we recognize National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 18-22. The national theme this year is 1 Bus + 1 Driver = a BIG Impact on Education.
More than 800,000 Ohio students ride on school buses each day, and nearly 15,000 bus drivers, mechanics, secretaries, and supervisors statewide are dedicated to providing safe transportation for Ohio children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of travelling by car.
This year’s national campaign is focused on reminding how important school buses are to all children, parents, and communities for providing learning opportunities. Ohio law requires motorists to stop clear of the school bus until the bus driver cancels the red lights and the bus begins to move.
The transportation department offers the following tips to remind your child while getting on and off the bus:
- Get to the bus stop in plenty of time.
- Wait at your driver designated place of safety.
- Take 10 giant steps away from the bus when unloading.
- Always follow the driver’s directions for how to cross the street.
- Be alert to traffic and look both ways.
- If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus.
For more tips regarding bus safety, click here.