W.Va. Gears Up for National School Bus Safety Week

October 18, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – School bus drivers across West Virginia are getting in gear to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 18-22.

West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day to school safely and reliably. Across the country, school buses provide more than 10 billion passenger trips each year.

“School bus transportation is the safest way to get children to school each day,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “West Virginia’s record of getting students to and from school in a dependable and safe manner is impeccable thanks to our drivers, mechanics and trainers.”

Although rare, studies show that when accidents do happen they most often occur as children are getting on and off the bus. Motorists are reminded to pay close attention to school buses when they see them driving on the street and teach children how to be safe when boarding and exiting the bus.

Celebrated the third full week of October each year, School Bus Safety Week promotes awareness on the local and state level through poster and speech contests, distribution of school bus safety community awareness toolkits, and other activities to raise awareness of school bus safety issues. This year’s theme is “Cross in view. It’s the right thing to do!”

School Bus Safety Week was established in 1966 by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and National School Transportation Association. The week is used to educate students, parents and the motoring public about the safety of the nation's children who are transported daily on school buses. This week also recognizes the hard work of school professionals, especially the school bus drivers who ensure a safe journey for schoolchildren.

For more information, contact the Office of School Transportation at 304-558-2711, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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