Letter: School’s open, drive carefully
The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in Mathews County as it pertains to bus safety, based on two local incidents. As a division, our first priority is the safety of all of our children. In both recent incidents, no child was severely injured, but the potential for severe injury existed. Although we always address bus safety at the beginning of the school year, we have decided to highlight it again during the school year. Each school is finding opportunities to speak with their students about this issue and we will be showing bus safety videos.
With drivers today finding many opportunities to multi-task while they drive, we would also like to take this time to remind the public to be extremely cautious when approaching bus stops and buses. Young children often assume drivers will stop and they often stand so close to the road that any lapse in attention on the part of a driver could result in a child’s injury.
We would also appreciate having our parents/guardians take time to sit down with your children and discuss bus safety as well. The issues we are sharing include: 1) students need to stay back off the road as they wait for their bus, 2) older students need to help monitor and assist younger students, 3) all students need to ensure that all traffic has come to a complete stop and the bus driver is waving them across, before crossing a road.
We want to thank you for taking the time in assisting us in keeping children safe. As a division, it had been at least seven years since we had incurred any major bus incident. Although we are hopeful that we will experience no further problems involving buses, we also realize it is important to be proactive when dealing with student safety. Please join us in making school bus safety a priority.
On behalf of Mathews County Public Schools,
Dr. David J. Holleran
Mathews County Public Schools