Week of Oct. 17-21 to highlight bus safety

National School Bus Safety Week will raise awareness about safety on the school bus and challenge students to create posters promoting a special safety-related theme.

In Maine, National School Bus Safety Week takes place Oct. 17 to 21. The public education program is an opportunity for superintendents, teachers, students, transportation staff, artists, bus drivers, and the community to celebrate school bus safety.

A National School Bus Safety Week Resource Guide and Activity Booklet is available for schools at: https://www.naptonline.org/files/NSBSWdoc_Color.pdf.

One of the highlights of National School Bus Safety Week is the National SBSW Poster Contest. Thousands of school districts in more than 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety.

This year’s safety week theme is “Be Aware – Know the Danger Zone!” The theme for the 2011 poster contest is “I See the Driver – The Driver Sees Me!”

Maine pupil transportation facts for 2010:

  • Approximately 80% of PK-12 students rode the bus, compared to 50% nationally.
  • That’s approximately 152,000 students who rode the big yellow bus.
  • Approximately 2,800 school buses were in operation on Maine roads.
  • School buses traveled approximately 29,300,000 miles during the year.

For additional information, view Maine DOE Pupil Transportation website at:  http://www.maine.gov/education/const/trans/home.htm, or contact Pat Hinckley by phone at 207-624-6886 or email at Pat.Hinckley@maine.gov.

2 thoughts on “Week of Oct. 17-21 to highlight bus safety

  1. Shawn, thanks for the question. I plan on working with the organizer of the poster contest — a bus driver in the Augusta area who’s organizing the contest in her spare time — to publish electronic copies of the posters on this website. At this point, the plan is to publish them in January, the same time the physical posters are on display in the Maine DOE offices.

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