Getting ready to go back to school is always an exciting time for Arkansas students and their families. While academic achievement is always a top priority, it is just as important to be mindful of student safety in and around school buses.
B.U.S. (Be Aware. U Stay Alert. So Kids Don't Get Hurt) Awareness is the theme for this year's school bus safety campaign. The effort is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation, and concerned parents, educators and citizens across the state. The campaign will begin August 11 and conclude August 29.
Educators, parents, school bus drivers and community leaders throughout the Natural State were encouraged to use the three weeks as an opportunity to remind Arkansas motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. Also, motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading the bus.
Below are some resources available to school districts that are interested in promoting this campaign in local communities.
- ADE News Release on B.U.S. Awareness Campaign
- Campaign Flier
- Sample News Release
- Sample Op/Ed Story or Letter to the Editor
- School Bus Safety Tips
- Act 2128: Isaac's Law