The Elk Island Public School (EIPS) division is stressing the importance of school bus safety.
 
With over 9,300 students on 161 buses, traveling close to 18,000 kilometres every day, it's top of mind as students settle into their daily routines.
 
“Alberta’s school buses are statistically the safest means of travel available," said Lisa Weder, the director of student transportation at EIPS. "To maintain this enviable record, we need to continue to facilitate co-operative efforts between our bus drivers, students, parents and the public.”
 
Staff with EIPS student transportation have been traveling around to the various schools to demonstrate bus safety and run bus evacuation drills for students.
 
"We have been practicing emergency bus evacuations to make sure that all of our students know what to do in case of an emergency," explained Christine Hogan, safety and compliance coordinator with EIPS student transportation. "They all practice going out the back door safely."
 
Students learned about bus danger zones, waiting in the safety zone, getting on the bus carefully and how to sit properly.
 
All the bus drivers have first aid experience and special training from the provincial government on student management and safe driving skills.
 
October 16-20 was School Bus Safety Week.
 
More on bus safety as well as other handy info can be found on the EIPS student transportation website.

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