ROE Reminds Drivers of School Bus Safety as Some Students Return to In-School Classes

ROE Reminds Drivers of School Bus Safety as Some Students Return to In-School Classes

  • Editor’s Note: This post, written by Kane County Regional Office of Education Communications and Website Coordinator Molly McQueeny, is part of a bi-weekly series on education programs and best practices in Kane County.

The Kane County Regional Office of Education is celebrating School Bus Safety Week along with the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Association of Pupil Transportation.

Patricia Dal Santo

“We are asking that drivers be extra careful this week during School Bus Safety Week, as we will have increased bus traffic due to a return to in-person learning for some schools. The safety of our students is highly important to us, and we ask the community to make it a priority as well,” says Patricia Dal Santo, Regional Superintendent of Kane County Schools.  

The theme for this year’s week is “Red Lights Mean STOP!” So when exactly are you supposed to stop? For many drivers out there, drivers ed seems like a while back.

Here are the most important bus safety tips for commuters to be aware of:

  1. It is illegal to pass a school bus when it is stopped or unloading children.
  2. NEVER pass a school bus on the right side of the road. Students may be exiting or entering.
  3. If the yellow lights are flashing, you must stop.
  4. Give school buses greater following distances compared to normals cars, so if you need to stop suddenly you can.

For more information, visit https://www.isbe.net/Documents/bus_safety_motorist.pdf.

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