National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. This year, National School Bus Safety Week will be celebrated Oct. 22- 26, with the theme, “I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!” At Durham School Services more than anything else, we value the safety of our customers, employees and the public. Nothing we do is worth getting hurt for and we will not do anything which causes harm.
Our bus drivers are the first school representatives to greet students in the morning and the last to wave goodbye to them in the afternoon. Our mechanics maintain our buses to make sure they operate smoothly and safely. Our support staff helps to keep operations running effectively and efficiently.
School buses remain the safest form of transportation in America. According to the National Safety Council, school buses are 172 times safer than the family car. The state of Missouri has more than 12,000 school buses to transport over a half-million school children every day.
Here are some important safety reminders:
Students riding a school bus should always:
• Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.
• Stand at least 5 giant steps (10 feet) away from the edge of the road.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
• Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
Crossing students should:
• Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
• Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 giant steps ahead of the bus.
• Be sure the bus driver can see them, and they can see the bus driver.
• Wait for the driver’s signal to cross.
Things parents should know about school bus safety:
• School buses are the safest form of highway transportation.
• The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
• The loading and unloading area is called the “Danger Zone.”
• The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (10 feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, 10 feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot and the area behind the bus).
National School Bus Safety Week I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!