School Bus Safety Week was another success for Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS).
The theme this year: “School Bus…Bully Free Zone,” which was about promoting the importance of healthy and respectful relationships among students, staff and school bus operators.
“EIPS transports more than 9,300 students on 153 buses that operate 590 routes and travel close to 18,000 kilometres every day,” said Lisa Weder, director of Student Transportation at EIPS. “To ensure a safe and comfortable ride for everyone, we need to continue to emphasize a culture of respect and co-operation among our bus operators, students and parents.”
Throughout the week (Oct. 22–26), various activities were planned for students including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills.
"I think it brings a good awareness. We try to focus not only on student learning, but also on other motorists on the road just being aware and learning other initiatives out there to help keep our students safe," added Weder.
Students in kindergarten to grade 6 also took part in the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council’s annual School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest.