National School Bus Safety Week is October 17-21 and Henryetta school officials are urging motorists to drive carefully around them.
“School buses are such a common sight; it can be easy to forget their important function. We're carrying precious cargo, our children,” said Rick Enis, transportation director for Henryetta schools. The truth is, we all want our children to be as safe as possible.
Ends pointed out studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says riding a bus is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle.
"Bus drivers are multi-taskers," he said. "They are practicing defensive driving while having to make sure 40 to 50 students sitting behind them are following the bus rules. Parents, guardians, and students you can make a difference!
He urged adults to visit with their children and explain the importance of following these bus rules. “The older students can help out by setting good examples for all bus riders.”
The new construction going on at this time has caused some delays in picking up and dropping off students, please understand and help us with this. We ask you to not park in marked areas and to give the bus drivers "more than normal room" in all lanes of traffic.
"We ask everyone to just not focus this week, but focus each and every day, so we can make sure our children get to school and back home safely."