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Public School Transportation Issues
School Bus Violence & Safety


    The National Education Association opens it's web page on School Buses and Safety by acknowledging that the school bus is a mirror of the community.  Unfortunately, what appears on the exterior of any chosen community does not necessarily reflect the families and more specifically the children living there.  For many parents the school bus has become a necessary evil.  Bus stops have become hangouts where children are totally vulnerable and unsupervised.  The bus ride has become a potentially volatile situation where 20 to 30 children are placed within a confined space, with limited supervision, and very little protection.   Our school bus drivers are placed in the precarious position of delivering our children to and from school safely in the midst of pure chaos.  If this description sounds like a time bomb, then brace yourselves for the explosion that inevitably is going to happen without reform of a system that is simply not working.

   Today's headlines have proven that the threat of children with weapons are very real.  There is no such thing as childhood scuffles in this day and age.  Episodes of violence in schools have become brutal in nature with deadly consequences.  When you take a group of unsupervised children and add into the equation cultural insensitivities, prejudices, sexual harassment, bullying and gang involvement,  it becomes quite obvious that parental fears regarding their children's safety are very real and quite valid.  With  minimal supervision policies in place,  opportunities abound for confrontations to get out of hand.  For education administrators to expect a bus driver to concentrate on the road while monitoring a disturbance at the back of the bus is unreasonable and the feat, ... impossible.    The question of the day becomes: How can we ensure student safety  in public educations transportation systems?  

     The reality of the situation is that parental involvement may be the most cost effective and readily implemented opportunity for improvement.   The mere presence of an adult in a supervisory capacity goes a long way to subdue thoughts of misconduct among students.  In a educational system where dollars seem to be perpetually depleted, parent monitors may just be an option worth consideration and discussion.

School bus safety: Parents Can Help
Look Smart Education:  Knowledge for Parents
Pediatrics for Parents
,  Sept, 2003  by Christine Ridout
Approximately 47% of public school students ride a school bus to and from school every day. But how safe are school buses and how safe is your child  riding one?


School Transportation News - From Head Start to Special
Needs transportation and everything in between.  Full of information,
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National Coalition For School Bus Safety - Our Mission

To help enhance school bus safety.
To increase awareness, encourage education and promote safety technologies including (but not limited to):
     a. Implementation of seatbelts and guidelines for their usage
     b. Implementation of 28 inch seat backs
     c. Implementation of swing-arms and/or electronic sensors
     d. Implementation of multiple supplemental emergency exits
     e. Utilization of strobe lights instead of conventional incandescents.
To serve as a library and data bank for information concerning safety on school buses.
To coordinate and network the efforts of people who are interested in improving safety on school buses.
To encourage and assist in the development of standardized educational materials (curriculum etc) on safety issues such as seatbelt usage for training of students, teachers, and drivers.
To encourage initiation of needed research, development, and testing of safety enhancing technologies.
To eliminate the utilization of non-conforming vehicles.

National Safety Council:  

Back to School Safety Tips

Riding the Bus
School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:

bullet Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
bullet Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
bullet When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
bullet Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
bullet Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
bullet Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!


Check out the National Safety Council's Fact Sheet on School Bus Safety Rules.

Happy School Bus, Inc. - promotes school bus safety for students.

Joe's School Bus Page - links to everything school bus related:
school districts, contractors, manufacturers, state and federal government,
 and more.

National Coalition for School Bus Safety

NHTSA: School Bus Safety - events, programs and materials promoting safety.

School Bus Driver - by, about, and for school bus drivers.

School Bus Fleet Magazine - information for the pupil transportation industry including school bus fleet and pupil management, surveys and
industry statistics, and online discussion forums.

The School Bus Yard- source for photos and information on the North American school bus industry.

School Transportation News - monthly newsmagazine reporting
 yellow school bus developments, school bus safety, transporting students
with disabilities, Head Start transportation.




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National Association for Pupil Transportation

FAQ' About School Bus Operations

National Coalition for School Bus Safety

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