Bus Driver Appreciation Week School district honors bus drivers
Bus drivers across the nation were recognized during Bus Driver Appreciation Week from Feb. 10-14. Florence 1 Schools celebrated its bus drivers with gifts, spirit week activities, and a recognition breakfast.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely when they take a school bus instead of traveling by car.
“School bus drivers in Florence 1 Schools are entrusted with a great responsibility, to safely transport our children to and from school each day,” said Cindy Ward, Florence 1 Schools Transportation Director. “To do this, they must drive the bus, watch out for the students, listen to them and teach them, all while keeping a defensive eye on other motorists.”
Florence 1 Schools employs 78 bus drivers, eight bus monitors and runs 180 different routes daily.
Ward said bus drivers are up and on the road earlier than anyone else in the district, and their primary focus is to get students to school safely.
“Bus drivers are often the first school employees to greet each student for the day, and they are the last to say goodbye to the student each afternoon.”
Ward said the best way to appreciate bus drivers and monitors is to make their jobs easier by driving safely. “It’s important that we all do our part to contribute to school bus safety.”
Here are tips from the transportation department for being safe on the roads:
• If you approach or are following a school bus, keep an eye on its signal lights and stop arm and be prepared to come to a stop. If a school bus extends its stop sign, stop.
• Do not resume driving until the stop arm is withdrawn and the bus begins to move—just because a passenger has disembarked does not mean that it is safe to go.
• Don’t text and drive. Any distraction behind the wheel can be dangerous, but texting and driving seriously impairs your ability to see and respond to important changes on the road—like the lights and stop arm of a school bus.
• Slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods or around schools and bus stops.