School Bus Safety

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you well and managing through the ups and downs of this season's weather. I would like to take a moment of your time to highlight a very important and sometime overlooked aspect of your child's educational day. The transportation on our school busses. Please continue reading, even though your child may walk to school, or use private transportation. In some future capacity they may surely be riding in one of our vehicles.

Granville is very lucky to have a well-qualified and professional transportation department. Our drivers undergo extensive Department of Transportation training prior to ever driving their first run. They care about your children, and want to make sure they get to and from school or events safely. It is not an easy job. I drove a bus and I can attest to this. Essentially, drivers need to do all the things we do to be safe when driving our cars, only on a larger scale, with more complexity and absolute zero room for error. Keep in mind, this is all being done while supervising, mediating, welcoming and nurturing up to 50 students. A challenge for sure!

This is where you can be an enormous help. I would ask that you please speak with your child/children and discuss bus safety. There are four simple rules that guarantee a safe, problem-free ride:

  • Children should remain seated from the time they get on the bus to the time they get off. Jumping from seat to seat, standing in the aisle, sitting backwards, are all an invitation for injury. The bus may need to stop quickly. A student sitting improperly or standing in the aisle can be at serious personal risk, posing a hazard for others.
  • Children must keep their hands (and feet) to themselves. This is no different than what we expect in our school buildings. How many times have we been told: 'We were just fooling around'? Unfortunately, the situation often changes. Physical altercations are a problem if they take place in school, they are even more of a problem if they take place on a bus. Not only could injuries occur to the children involved, the driver's attention will be distracted.
  • Children should maintain a noise level that is at a reasonable indoor volume. Screaming and yelling only causes everyone on the bus to have to speak progressively louder. Excessive noise can cause children to be unable to hear important information from the driver.
  • Finally, students need to listen carefully and follow the directions given by their driver. The driver should not have to give multiple warnings, reminders or corrections to children on the bus.

When you think about it, these rules are pretty simple and I am confident that all our children are more than capable of following them. As a district, we will be doubling our efforts to address safety concerns on our busses. To do less is unacceptable, but we need your help.

Please speak with your children about these rules and how riding school transportation is a privilege that can be removed if the basic rules are not followed. Together, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all when school transportation is necessary.

I thank you in advance for your support and wish you well as we enter the second half of the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Tom McGurl



Riding the School Bus