Princeton observes National School Bus Safety Week
It’s Bus Safety Week – a reminder to practice bus safety every day of every week all school year!
School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation’s students and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. Thousands of our children ride the yellow bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety at the forefront.
Here are tips to keep our children safe at the bus stop.
Getting Ready for School
- Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
- Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
- Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after, beside, or in front of a bus is dangerous
Walking to the Bus Stop
- Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
- Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic, and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
- Stop and look left, right, and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys? Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right, and left.
At the Bus Stop
- Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.
- Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.
Getting On and Off the Bus
- Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
- Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
- If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.
Mobile Devices Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as:
- They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus.
- Sound is muted or headphones, earbuds, or similar devices are used.
- Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures.
- Use does not create a distraction for the driver.
Princeton observes National School Bus Safety Week
The Princeton Board of Education approved a resolution to proclaim the week of October 18 through 22 as National School Bus Safety Week. This year’s theme, "1 Bus + 1 Driver = Big Impact on Education!" reminds motorists, students, and school bus drivers of the important role they each have in ensuring children’s safety.
The resolution recognizes that community knowledge and support are needed in order to provide safe transport of students. It also encourages the observance of the district’s cities and villages to support the safety of our children.
“School bus safety week reminds us of the importance of ensuring our students arrive safely to school and back home again each day,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “School buses remain the safest mode of transportation for students, and with motorists, parents, and students working together, we can continue to make this a safe year.” Ohio State Troopers will be highly visible this week along school bus routes and in school zones to ensure the safety of students.
Prior to stopping, school buses display yellow warning lights that signify the bus is about to stop. Once a bus comes to a stop, flashing lights and a stop sign are displayed. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is receiving or discharging students. When a road is divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop. Drivers may not resume their travels until the bus resumes traveling.
“As our students get accustomed to getting on and off the school buses, it’s important they do not get complacent,” said Jon Fricke, director of operations for Princeton City Schools. “We have more road construction happening in the district this year, which also requires our families to remain alert.”
“We know that school buses remain the safest mode of transportation for students to and from school,” said Tom Burton, superintendent of Princeton City Schools. “First Student visibly displays data on how many consecutive accident-free days they have had, so each time a driver reports to work, they are reminded of the high standards we hold them to, as they are transporting our most precious cargo every day.”
Fricke reminded everyone that children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street, remaining aware of any sudden traffic. “Although drivers are required to stop for school buses loading or unloading passengers, children should not rely on motorists to do so.”
Construction and Traffic on Chesterdale/Willows
Due to construction, buses are facing roadblocks near The Willows Apartment Complex.
UPDATED October 6, 2021:
The Willows Apartment complex currently has the entrance blocked to all bus traffic due to a construction project within the complex. For the safety of our students, please meet your child(ren) at the main entrance at Chesterdale and Chesterwood Court, until further notice.
We just learned today, October 6th, that this project will likely last until after Winter Break.
Thank you for understanding. If you have any questions, please contact 513.864.1103.
While we are excited about the upgrades and development in our communities, we continue to deal with traffic detours, roadblocks, and construction projects across our district.
Parents, guardians, and students living in The Willows Apartment complex -
At this time buses are picking up students to take to school prior to the construction begins, so things are running smoothly. After school, the First Student buses will drop the students off at the bottom entrance near the pool, at the roadside, when the entrances are blocked off to the buses.
Additionally, there are other construction projects in our area, including Sharon Road, Glendale-Milford Road, Toulon and Deauville, Hauck Road, and at Chesterdale (The Willows Apartments).
Thank you for your cooperation in assisting us in maintaining safe routes to and from school.