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Tahoe-Truckee schools stress importance of school bus safety

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From Oct. 17-21, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District participated in the national initiative, National School Bus Safety Week, to promote bus safety in the Tahoe Truckee community.

Student safety is a top priority in the district, and this public education initiative is way for community members to join forces throughout the school year, to keep students safe on their way to and from school.

During the National School Bus Safety Week, TTUSD took the opportunity to practice school bus evacuation drills as well as conduct bus safety lessons at the elementary schools.

The district would like to remind the community that while school is in session, it is important that all motorists take extra precautions to drive carefully around schools and school buses.

A few safety tips to remember when driving behind a school bus:

Slow down! Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

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Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. School buses make frequents stops. Stay far enough back so that you can see the driver in the bus rearview mirror.

Always stop when a school bus is displaying flashing red lights. This applies to drivers, in both directions. Drivers must stop and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

NEVER pass a school bus while its lights are flashing and children are entering or exiting the bus. Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.

Another fun way the school district promotes school bus safety is through the school bus poster contest. It is an excellent way to get students throughout the district involved in promoting the importance of keeping our students safe.

The theme for the upcoming contest is "My Driver – My Safety Hero!" and contestants much illustrate this theme in their artwork. The winning posters will be used to promote safer school transportation for everyone.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.