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2016 National School Bus Safety Week

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© 2015 winning poster drawn by: Melia Lafleur, Grade 8 at Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, HI

Every year, the third week in October is designated National School Bus Safety Week. This year, Dallas County Schools (DCS), the fourth largest pupil transportation fleet in the nation, is proud to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week from October 17- 21, 2016, and wants to enlist the public to support and further its mission to protect children that are transported to and from school on school buses.

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, administrators, motorists, and school bus professionals to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts and communities throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week with a different theme each year.

This year’s theme is “Bully Free Zone!” Many transportation professionals believe there is a growing concern for bullying behavior on buses. Bullying is generally defined as repeated aggressive acts intended to do harm. Bullying not only includes physi­cal aggression such as hitting or stealing, but also verbal aggression such as, verbal threats, name calling, or spread­ing rumors. DCS hopes to make all its school buses a “Bully Free Zone!” and to show its support, drivers will be wearing dark blue ribbons throughout the week to promote and raise awareness for anti-bullying. We choose dark blue to promote the further education of anti-bullying programs and bullying prevention initiatives in schools and on the school bus.

DCS has equipped its entire fleet with internal cameras to monitor student behavior and ensure student safety. DCS hopes the DFW community will join them in supporting that all school buses are a “Bully Free Zone!”

For more details about how to get involved, visit http://napt.org/resources/national-school-bus-safety-week.php.

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