Every day 9855 school buses transport over 385,000 students on Kentucky school buses. Every day, in Kentucky and around the nation, school buses are passed while they are loading and unloading students, causing injuries and even death. To help bring awareness of school bus safety to the community, the Kentucky Department of Education, along with Paula Allen, a Kentucky School Bus Driver Trainer, have put together a packet to help spread safety awareness.
This year, we ask parents, guardians, members of their community and any student drivers that will be driving to school, to take a pledge. It is a pledge recognizing school buses and the children that ride in them. It is a pledge to have a positive attitude for school buses, reminder that there are children on the bus, there are laws to keep the children safe and to arrive to their destination safely.
For some districts, signing the pledge may mean that student drivers are given permission to drive on school property. Signing the pledge may be a great way to ask staff to take responsibility and keep an eye out for parents, students and other staff who might be passing buses and reporting them. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring awareness and have zero injuries or fatalities while loading or unloading children.
Provided to school districts will be templates for a pledge signature page, school bus and danger zone cut-outs and a pledge card with emergency contact information on the back. The school bus and danger zone cut-outs can be used to put the name of the pledges on them and then displayed throughout the school and community. This is something that can be set out all over the district, bringing in businesses to help spread the awareness. The pledge card is wallet size to allow people to put them in their wallets and also be a useful tool for emergency contact information.
The Kentucky Department of Education has also created a handout to provide to parents regarding tips to keep their children safe.
Please send pictures of your campaign to KDE and they will be posted on the website and in the newsletters.
Don’t be afraid to contact your local news station, radio stations and billboard companies to help bring the awareness. There are free PSA’s that can be used.
To have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE toward every school bus I meet every day.
To remember that the precious cargo the school bus carries is someone’s child
and that child is the future of my community and nation.
To not be angry when they STOP for students to load or unload.
To obey the laws that are meant to keep our little brothers and sisters safe.
To take a deep breath, leave a few minutes early and arrive safely.
Templates for Signs