Georgia Commute Schools (GCS) Prepares for National School Bus Safety Week, October 16-20

Georgia Commute Schools (GCS) Prepares for National School Bus Safety Week, October 16-20 Metro Atlanta school districts to partner with GSC to encourage school bus safety

ATLANTA – Georgia Commute Schools, a program of Georgia Commute Options, welcomes the back to school season by encouraging students to ride the school bus safely during National School Bus Safety Week from October 16th through October 20th. National School Bus Safety Week is a program of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. This year’s national theme is #StopOnRed which is a call-to-action for motorists to stop for children getting on and off the school bus and to obey traffic laws. DeKalb County and Henry County School Districts are both participating this year and we welcome other Metro Atlanta School Districts to participate as well. Georgia Commute Schools will work with school administrators, parents and teachers during National School Bus Safety Week by providing a toolkit of materials that can be tailored to any participating school district.

“We are excited to partner with Georgia Commute Schools on encouraging motorists, school districts, parents and teachers in Georgia to practice safe driving habits by stopping when a school bus arm is extended,” said Megan Geroux, Marketing &Communications Specialist for the National Association of Pupil Transportation. “School buses bring nearly 25 million children to and home from school, and it is our mission to keep them safe.”

Browns Mill Elementary School and Stoneview Elementary School in DeKalb County School District and Ocee Elementary School in Fulton County will join other Georgia schools across the state that are hosting school bus safety events. The Metro-Atlanta area is expecting more than four school districts to participate during the week of October 16th. Supported by Georgia Commute Options, National School Bus Safety Week is held annually in the month of October.

“With hundreds of thousands of students who ride the school bus daily in the Atlanta region, Georgia Commute Schools supports National School Bus Safety Week’s message to #StopOnRed when drivers approach a school bus that is stopping,” said Nichole Hollis, Georgia Commute Schools Program Administrator. “We are proud of our current local partnerships with DeKalb and Henry County school districts and Ocee Elementary School in Fulton County to bring more awareness to school bus safety in this region.”
Georgia Commute Schools will provide toolkits for school districts to include school bus safety tips, parent and teacher correspondence, social media content and a sample press release. For additional local information and how your school district can participate, please contact Nichole Hollis at (404) 747-7059 or email at Schools@GACommuteOptions.com.

About Georgia Commute Schools
Georgia Commute Schools is a program of Georgia Commute Options that aims to reduce traffic congestion around schools by motivating and encouraging students to carpool, take transit, ride the school bus, walk, bike, and parents to reduce idling in the car-rider line. Georgia Commute Schools works together with school districts, schools, and community partners to develop and sustain programming. For more information, 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. Follow Georgia Commute Options on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about the commute options available in metro Atlanta. For more information, visit www.GaCommuteOptions.com.

Media Contacts:
Ashley Peden, (9170) 647-3663

Ashley.Peden@cohnwolfe.com

Nichole Hollis, (404) 747-7059

Nhollis@gacommuteoptions.com