Schools

Tools for Schools

District administrators, principals and teachers: Click to read, print and download toolkit items including:

District Administrators

Best Practices for Communicating About School Transportation

As you are challenged to communicate critical information about school transportation to parents, district officials and other stakeholders, know that you are not alone. Use these best practices supplied by ASBC, representing a unified voice of the school transportation industry including public and private transportation providers, school bus manufacturers and state officials responsible for pupil transportation. Download the Benefits Media Kit at schoolbusfacts.com/benefits.

Principals

Auto Advice for Schools: School Bus Safety

Help students and parents learn the critical facts they need to know in keeping children safe around the bus and loading the bus. Download the safety media toolkit at schoolbusfacts.com/safety and distribute to parents and teachers.

Teachers

Order Your National School Bus Safety Week Poster

Help promote and celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, which is scheduled for the third full week of October each year by hanging last year’s poster/calendar in your class. To be celebrated October 21-25, 2019, 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 2019 National School Bus Safety Week theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is derived from the Poster Contest from last year. The 2018 winning poster, depicted below, was drawn by Shivangi Ojha, an 8th Grader at Belton ISD in Temple, TX.

Encourage your students to draw a poster that could be used to celebrate next year’s theme Red Lights Mean STOP. Enter their poster in the state contest. The national contest is open only to winners of state/province contests or contests held by overseas US military installations. Contact the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) headquarters (email: info@napt.org  or call 518.452.3611) for information about where to submit posters in your state contest.The winners of the poster contest received awards and recognition. The overall winner’s poster will be printed and distributed to promote 2020 National School Bus Safety Week. In 2020 the theme will be Red Lights Mean STOP!

Students

Enter the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest for Next Year
Next Year’sTheme: Red Lights Mean STOP!   Deadline: September 2019

Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select artwork drawn by students that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety.  Posters can be drawn anytime between September 2018 and September 2019, up to the deadline to submit an entry. Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2019 poster contest theme:  Red Lights Mean STOP! States/provinces often prefer the artwork to be created in the spring and then hold a state contest in the summer to determine which poster(s) will be entered in the national contest. A state/province pupil transportation association often sponsors these contests. Contact the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) headquarters (email: info@napt.org or call 518.452.3611) for information about where to submit posters in your state contest. Winners will help promote next year’s National School Bus Safety Week. Winners will be announced after the 2019 NAPT Conference in November 2019.

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High School Video Contest Scholarship

The American School Bus Council announces “The Value of the Yellow School Bus to Education High School Student Video Scholarship Contest.” The contest is open to any individual who is enrolled in high school in the United States. No purchase of any sort is necessary, and there is no entry fee. Each submission must be the work of one individual (the “Entrant”) and must be submitted by May 6, 2020. There will be a scholarship to the student, with a matching donation to the school.

ASBC seeks to use the winning videos to raise awareness and appreciation for the important role the yellow school bus plays in education. Video can include clips relating to experience of riding the bus to and from school, as well as the student field trips and extra-curricular activities. Videos must comply with the Submission Rules listed on the website and be submitted by Wednesday, May 26, 2020. In addition to the Video Submission, a fully completed Official Entry Form, also on the website, must also be submitted to this ASBC Dropbox Folder Link. The video and signed entry form MUST be labeled with Student Name (example Smith-Entry-Video; Smith-Entry-Form).

Three scholarship winners will be chosen: first, second and third place. First place winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship with a matching $2,500 to his or her school. Second place will receive a $1,500 award with a matching $1,500 to his or her school. Third place will receive $1,000 with a matching $1,000 to his or her school). Only one (1) cash award will be awarded to each winning submission, regardless of the number of people in the video or working on the video. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@americanschoolbuscouncil.org.

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Downloadable Resources

National School Bus Safety Week and Next Year’s Poster Contest 

This year, schools across the nation will observe National School Bus Safety Week October 21-25, 2019. The theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” Teachers should order the winning poster (see poster to left) that represents the theme and includes a calendar to display in their classroom or around the school. Just email info@americanschoolbuscouncil.org the number of posters you would like and where you would like them mailed. We also hope schools will encourage their students to participate in the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. There are several divisions and prizes. Students are asked to draw posters that convey Red Lights Mean STOP, which will serve as next year’s theme. The national contest is open only to winners of state/province contests or contests held by overseas US military installations. Contact  NAPT headquarters (for information about where to submit posters in your state contest. 
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Love the Bus

When preparing for your district or school’s activities for February Love the Bus, download material at LoveTheBus.org.

SchoolBusFacts.com

Funded by a grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the American School Bus Council (ASBC) developed resources to help spread the word about school bus ridership. Check out the resources available to your school at www.schoolbusfacts.com.

Reach Out: The American School Bus Council appreciates your interest and wants to hear from you. Please email us with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions at info@americanschoolbuscouncil.org, or sign up for updates.