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  • School Bus Safety Week Overview
     
    Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.
     
    The theme for this year is #StopOnRed and reminds motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside school buses. Keeping the more than 20,000 students who ride Knox County school buses everyday safe is everyone’s responsibility.
     
    Check out the resources on the right side of this page and the tips for riders and drivers below. Also please familiarize yourself with the laws regarding when to stop for school buses.
  • Did You Know?
    • On a four lane road without a raised or grassy median, when a bus stops and you see the yellow flashing lights and the flashing stop sign, no matter what lane you are in, you have to stop too.

    • On a two lane road when a school bus stops and you see the flashing stop sign, it doesn’t matter what direction you’re going, you have to stop too.

    • When a school bus turns on its flashing yellow lights it is preparing to stop. You should be alert for children and be prepared to stop too.

    • As you approach a stopped school bus loading or unloading children and you are not separated by a physical divider (like grassy median or concrete barrier), you must stop.

    • When you see a school bus stop and the lights flashing with the stop sign activated, you must stop on red.

     

    Safety Tips for Riders
    • Be at your asigned bus stop five minutes early.

    • Do not use headphones or electronic devies while getting on or off the bus.

    • Only cross in front of the bus when getting on or off.

    •  Always refrain from using rude, loud or abusive language on the bus.

    • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching to get on.

    • Follow all bus rules-for your won safety and others!

     

    Safety Tips for Drivers
    • Watch out for students and pedestrians when driving in school zones.

    • Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.

    • Look for children who might dart into the street without checking for traffic.

    • Know and obey the traffic laws regarding school buses in Tennessee.