Georgia Commute Schools (GCS) Gears Up for National School Bus Safety Week, October 22-26

 Metro Atlanta school districts to partner with GCS to encourage school bus safety 

ATLANTA – (October 22, 2018) – Georgia Commute Schools, a program of Georgia Commute Options, is addressing the importance of school bus safety during National School Bus Safety Week, held October 22nd through October 26th. National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. 

Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools and Henry County Schools are all participating this year and Georgia Commute Schools welcomes other Metro Atlanta School Districts to participate in their communities. Georgia Commute Schools will provide toolkits for school districts that include school bus safety tips, parent and teacher correspondence, and marketing content to build awareness. 

This year’s national theme is “My Driver – My Safety Hero!” The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is derived from last year’s Poster Contest. The winning poster (pictured right) was drawn by Aumkar Patel, a 5th Grader at Henry County Schools in McDonough, GA. 

“Students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of traveling by car. Atlanta Public Schools appreciates all that our 405 bus drivers do to keep the 28,000 students in our ridership safe to and from school,” said Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent. 

“Each day, our school bus drivers provide safe transportation to and from school for thousands of students. Our drivers deliver a higher standard of safety by completing training on a regular basis, maintaining a disciplined schedule, and working closely with the district office when concerns arise. 

National School Bus Safety Week allows us to take a moment to acknowledge these workers’ dedication and commitment to the education process. National School Bus Safety Week is one not taken lightly in DeKalb County. Every single student’s life is precious. Time is taken to educate our staff and communities on how to properly wait for, ride and depart a school bus, and should be considered invaluable. The more we can promote – and celebrate – safe practices at our schools, the better,” said Dr. R. Stephen Green, DeKalb County School District Superintendent/CEO. 

“Henry County Schools transports close to 26,000 students to and from school safely every day. With this many students on and around our buses we dedicate ourselves to safety and being good stewards of our environment. Having a partnership with Georgia Commute Schools is a benefit as this brings awareness to more of our community about school buses and traffic around school zones. We always take advantage of National School Bus Safety week by recognizing our bus drivers who do an outstanding job transporting our students to and school safely. We also use this week to remind all of our student bus riders of the safety procedures when loading and unloading at the bus stops. All these measure are taken to provide safe and efficient school bus transportation services,” said Cliff Shearouse, Henry County Schools’ Executive Director of Transportation Services. 

For additional information and how your local school district can participate, please email Schools@GACommuteOptions.com. 

About Georgia Commute Options 

Georgia Commute Options, a program managed by the Atlanta Regional Commission and funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation, works with employers, commuters and schools to encourage drivers who ride alone to make the switch to a commute alternative such as riding transit, teleworking, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and/or biking, with the ultimate goal of reducing congestion and the emissions that contribute to smog pollution. For more information, visit www.GaCommuteOptions.com and follow Georgia Commute Options on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Georgia Commute App to log commutes is available for download via the App Store or Google Play. 

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 Joel Wascher, (470) 378-1460 

JWascher@atlantaregional.org 

Jennifer Rosa, (347) 443-2443 

Jennifer.Rosa@cohnwolfe.com