Every day in Kentucky, 9,822 school buses transport over 385,000 students on school buses. Every day, drivers in other vehicles pass school buses while they are loading and unloading students, causing injuries and even death.
As part of our safety awareness campaign in Kentucky the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), along with Paula Allen who is a Kentucky School Bus Driver Trainer, has put together a packet to help spread safety awareness.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Kentucky Department of Education have teamed up to create the Kentucky Stop Laws Graphic which explains when to stop for a school bus.
If any school or church bus used in the transportation of children is stopped upon a highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, with the stop arm and signal lights activated, the operator of a vehicle approaching from any direction shall bring his vehicle to a stop and shall not proceed until the bus has completed receiving or discharging passengers and has been put into motion. The stop requirement provided for in this section shall not apply to vehicles approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction upon a highway of four (4) or more lanes.
School Bus Stop Laws
TAKE THE PLEDGE
Every year, we ask parents, guardians, members of their community and any student drivers that will be driving to school, to take the 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, and there are laws to keep the children safe and make sure they arrive at their destination safely. The pledge card is wallet sized to allow people and is also a useful tool for emergency contact information.
Pledge Wallet Cards - School Bus Safety
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.
SIGN THE PLEDGE
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 safety issues that they see. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring awareness to the issue and have zero injuries or fatalities while loading or unloading children. Please see your school district's driver trainer for additional information regarding the pledge sheet.
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, including local businesses to help spread awareness.
School Bus Safety Instructions
The Kentucky Department of Education has created a handout and coloring pages to with tips for parents to help keep their children safe.
HandoutBus Safety Flyer-Tips for Parents
Coloring PagesSitting QuietlyWaiting for the School BusCrossing the StreetChasing the School BusRailroad CrossingBoarding the School BusNo Food or Drinks
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.
Templates for Signs
18 x 24 yard sign