National School Bus Safety Week will be celebrated on October 21 –
25, 2019 to increase awareness about the importance of school bus safety; enabling school districts to reinforce bus safety rules among students and express gratitude to bus drivers and transportation staff for their hard work and professionalism.
This year’s theme “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation” highlights the safety of riding on a school bus as a method of transportation.
During the celebratory week, Gainesville City Transportation department will emphasize to students, parents, and the community the significance of adhering to school bus safety rules and procedures and will honor its bus drivers for their dedication with special daily activities.
GCSS Transportation Director Carisa Jones, who is currently serving her first year as the district’s new transportation director after assuming the position in May following the retirement of Jerry Castleberry, emphasized that GCSS bus drivers are knowledgeable about school bus safety guidelines and procedures. “School bus drivers are required by the state to attend an Annual Mandatory Safety Meeting before school starts every year,” said Jones. “During this meeting, the instructor covers many safety topics that our drivers must follow.”
Across the nation, more than 25 million children ride the school bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety as a top priority. Student ridership for GCSS averages approximately 6300 students per day for the district’s fleet of 68 buses. “It is important for everyone to follow safe practices while loading and unloading a school bus because of the danger zone around the bus,” said Jones.
“Students and parents are instructed to stand 12 feet back from the road while waiting for ONE GAINESVILLE: We will inspire, nurture, challenge, and prepare our students. Gainesville City School System the bus stop to load the bus. While unloading, students are instructed to follow all safety procedures provided by the driver.”