By Deborah Hersman
Earlier this week, I joined the professionals who safely transport our nation’s children on all those big yellow buses to celebrate the unparalleled school bus safety record. School buses are, by far, the safest way for students to get to school, home, and to a host of school-related activities.
Here’s a measure of school bus safety: Among student fatalities during normal school hours, more than half were traveling with a teen driver, under one-fourth with an adult driver, and just 1 percent were traveling by school bus.
In addition to transporting our children safely, there’s another big benefit to the big yellow bus. It would take 36 cars to carry the students who travel on one school bus. On a yearly basis, school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding our schools.
Here’s a big shout out to all the professionals responsible for taking such good care of our students. Here’s what I told the professionals at the National Association of Pupil Transportation on Tuesday morning.