North East School District’s Transportation Department would like to recognize School Bus Safety Week.
Due to COVID, in lieu of an in-person exercise, the school is going to provide a safety video for the students to watch in their respective buildings to share the safety practices within the school.
The North East School District transports about 1,325 students twice a day to 13 schools, including the home school of North East.
“We have a dedicated staff that works on building strong relationships with the students and families,” Patricia Schultz, NESD transportation supervisor, said. “This is done by having many of our drivers stay on their same bus routes for many years. The bus driver is the first person our children see to begin their school day.”
The State of Pennsylvania has a stiff penalty for School Bus Violation — $250 fine, 60-day suspension of license and five points on a driver’s record.
“These penalties are minor when it comes to keeping our students safe,” Schultz said. “When those amber lights are running you should immediately begin to slow down and begin preparing to stop. When the red flashing lights are on, please STOP! This includes on a four-lane highway, i.e Route 20, and Route 89 of our areas of concern.”
Although drivers may be thinking about getting to work, school, etc. nothing is more important than following the school bus stopping laws.
A bus driver has a capacity of transporting 72 children any given day to and from school, and NESD reminds everyone to follow the laws.
It only takes a minute to be distracted which could result in serious consequences.
For more information, contact the school district’s transportation department at 725-8671, ext. 1288, and visit the district website for additional information to share with students who are transported on the buses daily.
“Thank you for supporting our children and our schools,” Schultz said.