Safety is the most important aspect of Transportation. It is extremely important for everyone to understand that safety is an attitude that we can display in our everyday activities.
Safety is not just something we strive for, it is a way of life.
The school bus: The safest vehicle on the road
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are much safer taking a bus to and from school than traveling by car. School buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every state, stop-sign arm laws protect children from other motorists.
Different by Design
School buses are designed so that they’re highly visible and include safety features such as flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors and stop-sign arms. They also include protective seating, high crush standards and rollover protection features.
Protected by the Law
In Colorado, laws protect students who are getting off and on a school bus by making it illegal for drivers to pass a school bus while dropping off or picking up passengers, regardless of the direction of approach. See our Safety Tips for Drivers below for more information.
Our drivers are well-trained and safety-focused
Every driver receives over 100 hours of initial training along with annual professional development and evaluations to ensure that drivers are meeting the high standards of our school district. Additionally, before every trip drivers conduct multi-point checks of their buses to ensure that they are safe and ready for students.
Students play an important role to keep their bus safe
Our riders are responsible for their own safety and can contribute to the safety of their fellow students. When bus rules are not followed, students can distract the driver and take their focus off the road. This is dangerous for everyone.
Read BVSD's Rules for Safe School Bus Riding. Students are required to sign an agreement that they will follow these rules.
School Bus Safety Programs
BVSD's Transportation Department works throughout the school year to teach students about School Bus Safety. Our school buses are an extension of the classroom and that same classroom behavior is expected and should be displayed in the mornings, afternoons, and during activity trips. Through our school bus safety programs, students can learn a variety of important factors in regard to being safe on and off the bus.
By having students take an active role and becoming more aware of their safety, we will be able to improve an already stellar record of safe pupil transportation.