National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers and
the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. This year’s theme is STOP ON RED!
School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Ohio's students as the direct
link between home and the classroom. It would take 550,000 cars daily to transport the 800,000
students to school who ride Ohio's 14,500 school buses. Ohio ranks 10th in the nation for the
number of students riding a bus. Only six states have more buses than Ohio
Buses travel nearly 1 million miles each day, or 20 times around the nation’s interstate highway system.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety produces an annual report on traffic crashes. In the
2015-16 school year, of the nearly 400,000 traffic crashes, 1,205 involved school buses. The
school bus crash rate is 0.31% — 3 in 1,000 crashes — the lowest for all vehicles.
The biggest risk facing Ohio's buses is a distracted driver. As the bus travels its route, it is a
moving intersection. Each time the bus stops to load or unload students, traffic must stop. Bus
drivers perform many traffic checks before stopping and when students enter and exit the bus.
Drivers also check nine different mirrors before resuming their route.
You can help:
Parents — Help your children put everything in a backpack or school bag so they won’t drop
things along the way. Also, help your children leave home on time. Running after the bus is very
Students — Wear light-colored clothing walking to the bus stop so you can easily be seen by
drivers. Stand in your place of safety away from traffic.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding busing can contact Bryan Karling, Director of Special Services, at 455-4291.