Batesburg-Leesville, SC - National School Bus Safety Week ran from October 22nd through the 26th and this year’s theme was “My Driver - My Safety Hero.” The goal of the special week, which is always held during the third full week of October, is to serve as a reminder for students, parents, teachers and the community that school bus safety should always be kept in mind.
In Lexington School District Three, the Transportation Department plays a critical role in the education of students and is the direct link between neighborhoods and the classroom. Lexington Three employs 22 bus drivers and operates around 19 buses on a daily basis. Those buses cover around 1,621 miles each and every day.
Here are a few tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation to keep children safe at the bus stop:
Encourage children to wear bright, contrasting colors so they can be more easily seen by drivers. -- Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups.
Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.
Warn children that if they drop something getting on or off the bus that they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.
Lexington Three salutes our bus drivers for being our safety heroes each and every day.