Cobb County Schools Celebrate National and Georgia School Bus Safety Week: October 17–21

The Cobb County School District (CCSD) joins the nation in celebrating School Bus Safety Week, October 17-21, 2016.  During the week, throughout the district we will show our appreciation to the more than one thousand bus drivers who safely transport nearly 80,000 students each day.

This year’s nationwide theme for the week is #StopOnRed. The hashtag is a reminder to motorists to obey traffic laws by stopping when school buses are loading and unloading students.

“As motorists, we have a responsibility to exercise care, be on the alert and obey all laws when we are near or at a school bus stop,” said Rick Grisham, Executive Director of Transportation with the Cobb County School District.

CCSD bus drivers travel a combined 70,000 miles a day to more than 42,000 bus stops.

“When transportation is required, school buses are the safest way for students to get to and from school,” said Grisham.  “This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus.  It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professional school bus drivers and bus monitors who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo.”rsz_img_4881edited

School buses must undergo regular safety inspections to meet federal and state requirements.  In addition, all public school bus operators receive rigorous, specialized training before they are permitted to drive.

Throughout Georgia School Bus Safety Week, CCSD students, staff and parents are showing their appreciation to school bus drivers and monitors, including the following:

Creating thank-you cards and posters

Participating in a poetry-writing contest to honor school bus drivers.

Displaying thank-you banners at the bus port

Providing breakfasts or lunches

Handing out goodie bags