Bus Driver Appreciation Day

While there are more than 4,100 school bus drivers with commercial driver's licenses in the state, Kansas - like many other states - has a shortage of bus drivers. In fact, openings for school bus drivers will continue to be one of the nation's top transportation workforce needs, Dreiling said.

School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day falls during National School Bus Safety Week, which has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26, 2018 this year.

Here are a few bus safety rules that parents can review with their children:

  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, right, left before you enter or cross the street.
  • When you get on or off the bus, look for the bus safety lights and make sure they are flashing.
  • Remember to cross in front of the bus.
  • If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER crawl under the bus to try and pick it up yourself.
  • Don't jump up or down, fight, bully or tease other passengers or make a lot of noise while riding the bus. These activities can distract the bus driver, and he or she won't be able to give proper attention to driving.
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