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Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 18-22 (10/17/2021)

Oct. 17, 2021 | Alongside the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is proud to observe National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 18-22. This year’s theme is “Be Safe – Know the Danger Zone.” 

National School Bus Safety Week 2021 poster with illustrations of the "danger zone" around school buses.

The WDMCS Transportation Department serves all students by providing safe, efficient transportation to and from school and school-related activities. Our 46 school bus drivers safely transport about 3,400 students daily, for a total of more than 430,000 miles each year, said Transportation Department Director Robin Pickard.

“School Bus Safety Week is an important week to bring extra attention to the conscientious work our school bus drivers do to keep our students safe,” Pickard said. “It’s also an opportunity to remind the motoring public to pay extra attention as winter nears and the days get shorter. Be extra diligent to watch for students any time you see a yellow school bus!” 

School bus safety is a shared responsibility among families, students, and the bus driver. Here are some things you can do as a family to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week and keep our students safe: 

Visit our WDMCS Transportation web page to learn more.

Things Kids Should Know About School Bus Safety

  • The bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 10 feet to the bus. Stay out of the danger zone!
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to CROSS IN FRONT of the bus.
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
  • Some school buses now have seat belts. If you have seat belts on your school bus, be sure to learn to use the seat belt correctly.
Alexandra Wade