A Safety Reminder from the NAPT

As professionals dedicated to safely transporting children, the care and protection of our students is always on our minds.  This year, there have been a number of accidents throughout the country as students rushed to catch their buses.  Please see “Read more” below for an important article on safety, from the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

(from the National Association for Pupil Transportation)

For reasons yet unknown, there has been a dramatic increase this fall in the number of school children struck by cars as they rush to catch their school buses across the United States.

Many of these vehicle-pedestrian accidents could have been prevented.   By the same token we need to learn from the tragedies and redouble our efforts to safeguard our school children.

Our office is proud of the record we have established together in the field of school bus safety.  Together we have created a safer environment for our school children as they travel back and forth to their schools. 

Let’s be proud of the safety record you have helped create, but let’s redouble our efforts to keep up our good work.

A couple important safety reminders:

  • The most basic safety rule is that children should always look both ways before crossing a street.  This rule applies even when the school bus’s warning lights and stop signals are flashing.
  • Make sure your child has plenty of time to get to the school bus stop.  Our office recommends kids get to their school bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives.
  • As we prepare ourselves for winter, we need to dress our children appropriately so they can keep warm while waiting for the bus.
  • Lastly, let’s all remember – drivers as well as students – that the coming winter driving season means streets and roadways will be slick and make it harder for vehicles to stop.

Illinois has an enviable record in the field of school bus loading zone safety.  It’s not something that happens by accident; each and every one of us has a shared responsibility to maintain the safety of our children.