Goshen Local School District

School Bus Safety Week -October 22-26

Bus drivers for Goshen Local Schools work hard everyday to get our students to and from school safely and we appreciate all their efforts. One example of our great drivers and their dedication to safety is driver Angel Canter.  Angel not only drives one our routes, but she is also a certified On Board Instructor and is responsible for training many of our new drivers and retraining our current staff.  We want to thank Angel for his 10 years of service, most recently on bus # 22. Thank you Angel and all our wonderful drivers for all their dedication in providing a safe trip to and from school to the students and families of Goshen over the years.

National School Bus Safety Week, October 22-26 is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week - held during this third week in October each year.

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Ohio's students as the direct link between home and the classroom. It would take 550,000 cars daily to transport the 800,000 students to school who ride Ohio's 14,500 school buses. Ohio ranks 10th in the nation for the number of students riding a bus. Only six states have more buses than Ohio. Buses travel nearly 1 million miles each day, or 20 times around the nation’s interstate highway system.

The biggest risk facing Ohio's buses is a distracted driver. As the bus travels its route, it is a moving intersection. Each time the bus stops to load or unload students, traffic must stop. Bus drivers perform many traffic checks before stopping and when students enter and exit the bus.  Drivers also check nine different mirrors before resuming their route.

Our transportation department will review the following topics next week.

Monday- Bus evacuation reminder training

Tuesday- DPOS (Designated Place Of Safety) at each students bus stop

Wednesday- Safety rules while on the bus (staying in seat, out of the aisle, facing forward) and explaining why.

Thursday- When loading or unloading a bus students should not be looking at their phone (can’t see the drivers hand signals) or have earbuds in (can hear the driver or buses horn)

Friday- Looking both ways before stepping off the bus. (checking for traffic as across the country there have been cars passing buses on the door side)

Who can help promote school bus safety?

Parents — Help your children put everything in a backpack or school bag so they won’t drop things along the way. Also, help your children leave home on time. Running after the bus is very dangerous.

Students — Wear light-colored clothing walking to the bus stop so you can easily be seen by drivers. Stand in your place of safety away from traffic.

Teachers — Remind students of bus-riding safety rules. Make sure securely store items in their bags or backpacks.

Bus drivers — Remind students of the safety rules and correct student misconduct that is distracting or dangerous at the bus stop.

School administration — Use school bus safety week to show bus driver appreciation, offer media ride-alongs, promote your school bus safety record and complete your students’ safety training.