Last year, the district’s bus fleet traveled 165,766 miles. Routine maintenance and inspections are performed to keep our vehicles above all safety standards, while students and staff routinely perform safety drills.
A survey by the New York Association of Pupil Transportation earlier this year found that school buses are illegally passed in New York an estimated 40,000 times a day. Here are some tips for drivers to help us ensure safety for our students:
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially near bus stops and where there are no sidewalks.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.