The state of Maryland has is recognizing National School Bus Safety Week, October 18-22.
School bus transportation and those that serve as school bus drivers are critical infrastructure that support the wellbeing, safety, and functioning of our public school systems — a fact made acutely aware to counties as they continue to address driver shortages and pandemic fallout.
This week, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation declaring it School Bus Safety Week in Maryland, in recognition of National School Bus Safety Week. This year’s theme, as designated by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), is “Be Safe, Know the Danger Zone” It is a reminder to parents and children that the danger zone is the area immediately around the school bus.
The State’s proclamation celebrates school bus drivers, calling attention to their rigorous training, safety record, and their meticulous implementation of new safety practices and dedicated service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Maryland’s school bus drivers connect our students with their learning communities and are fundamental to our mission of offering every Maryland student a meaningful and equitable education,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “School transportation personnel have demonstrated their commitment to Maryland students during our transition back to in-person instruction, and we thank them for their invaluable contributions to our education system.”
NASDPTS emphasize the following safety measures students should practice when traveling on a school bus:
- Arrive at their school bus stop early, so they are not rushed.
- Remain three, giant steps back from the curb until the bus stops and opens the doors.
- Pay attention to the driver when they are boarding and exiting the bus.