It's National School Bus Safety Week. This year’s theme is My Driver – My Safety Hero, derived from a poster contest the National Association of Pupil Transportation held in 2017.
“In Frederick County, about 430 school buses transport nearly 30,000 students and travel more than 7.5 million miles each year,” says FCPS Transportation Director Fred Punturiero. He calls on citizens to exercise constant courtesy and caution when near school buses and asks parents to review bus safety information. He recommends the following American School Bus Council safety tips for school bus riders:
• Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
• Make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing the street.
• Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street.
• While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
• Before leaving the sidewalk, look for the flashing lights.
• Never go under the bus to retrieve something you’ve dropped.
About School Bus Safety Week
The National Association of Pupil Transportation, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and the National School Transportation Association established School Bus Safety Week in 1966 to educate students, parents and the motoring public about the safety of our nation’s children, transported daily on yellow school buses. This week also recognizes the hard work and dedication of school professionals, especially the school bus drivers who ensure a safe journey for our children each and every day. For more information about School Bus Safety Week please visit www.napt.org.