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School Bus Safety

 Free resources are available through the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. website.   Learn the skills to safely manage disruptive student behavior on your bus…The free resource pack includes one of each of the following:
  • “Preventing Problem Behavior on Your School Bus” poster
  • “Risks of Restraints” booklet
  • “The Art of Setting Limits” pamphlet
  • “How to Prevent Problem Behavior on Your School Bus” pamphlet
  • “10 Tips for Crisis Prevention” pamphlet


The Kentucky Department of Education's Pupil Transportation Branch is dedicated to the safe transport of Kentucky's school children.

Helpful Resources

Kentucky Department of Education Driver Training Program - ​The Pupil Transportation Training Program currently has 692 state certified driver training instructors who are responsible for training approximately 11,400 certified school bus drivers statewide.

All driver trainers are required to complete an initial 4-day certification course and an 6-hour annual update training. Kentucky is nationally recognized for its driver training with many states modeling our program. (KDE does not charge a fee for training.)


 NAPT...Bullying
Two Two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center. 

Module 1 - See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior
Trainer's Guide, Overview, and Outline (PDF)
Training Presentation (PDF)
Handouts (PDF)

Module 2 - Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying
Trainer's Guide, Overview, and Outline (PDF)
Training Presentation (PDF)
Handouts (PDF)


The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has a webpage dedicated entirely to School Bus Safety. It includes useful tips for increasing school bus safety along with many other resources geared toward school transportation.


National Association for Pupil Transportation - National School Bus Safety Week - is always held the third full week in October. The resource guides and activity booklets can be used to reinforce each year's theme.


Kids Page – School Bus & School Zone Safety This website provides students with rules and activities for being a safe bus rider. Your school district probably has a school bus behavior policy. Your bus driver's number one interest is your safety. He or she will ask you to be on your ... (SafeNY.com)


Aboutschool.com is a good source for bus safety rules for students. It has rules for the bus stop, on the bus, exiting the bus…


Special Safety Concerns of the School Bus …-  Every weekday in the school year school transportation systems in the United States operate approximately 440,000 yellow school buses to provide safe transportation for more than 24 million school-aged children. This synthesis documents the various safety issues faced by the school bus industry. Safety issues include each aspect of school bus operations, including the driver, environment, equipment/technology, and organizational design. Information was gathered through a literature review and a survey on school bus safety issues that was disseminated to a variety of professionals associated with school bus operations. … (Transportation Research Board of the National Academies)


Free School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series - The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has available a free school bus driver in-service training series. This series of refresher trainings comprises nine programs on driving a school bus. The nine programs are; Adverse Weather, Driver Attitude, Emergency Evacuation, Highway Rail Grade Crossings, Know Your Route, Loading and Unloading, Student Management, Students with Special Needs, and Vehicle Training. … . This refresher … which is frequently requested by school bus drivers and pupil transportation supervisors. …. The intended audience is experienced school bus drivers. This is an in-service training program, not a training program for new drivers.

NHTSA has also posted a Child Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses training video on its website. Six modules covering the basics of child safety restraint systems (CSRS) include specific information on rear-facing and forward-facing seats and safety vests. The training is available in English and Spanish and is intended as an introduction to proper use of CSRS in school buses and as a refresher overview.


Back-to-School: Hop on the bus, Gus, with these safety tips  ConsumerReports.org - School bus safety is—if you'll pardon the pun—a two-way street. Take some time to teach children the do's and don'ts of riding the school bus.


Bus Drivers and Bullying Prevention ... NEA’s report offers practical tips about what bus drivers can do to prevent or intervene in bullying situations. ...


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