Crestview Local Schools will join surrounding community schools in recognizing National School Bus Safety Week October 19-23. The national theme this year is Red Lights Mean STOP!
The big yellow school bus has become an institution in our country, with children and families benefiting from the safe transportation service accomplished with these vehicles and the staff who operate them. School administration and transportation staff continually focus on maximizing safety and efficiency for transporting our district’s children.
More than 800,000 Ohio students ride on school buses each day, and nearly 15,000 bus drivers, mechanics, secretaries and supervisors statewide are dedicated to providing safe transportation for Ohio children. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of travelling by car.
This year’s national campaign is focused on reminding motorists that they need to use caution around school buses and come to a stop when the bus is displaying its red flashing lights. It is at this time that students are getting on and off of school buses. Ohio law requires motorists to stop clear of the school bus until the bus driver cancels the red lights.
“Ensuring the safety of our students is crucial,” is the message from both Superintendent Kathy Mollenkopf and Sheriff Tom Riggenbach. “We have trained our bus drivers to be cautious, but we need help from parents to make sure children remain alert and mindful of good safety practices when walking to their bus stop or to school.”