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Osceola County School Board Proclaims Week Of October 19, 2020, As National School Bus Safety Week

10/16/20

School transportation plays a critical role in the education of students and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. With traditionally over 26,000 children who ride a yellow bus over six million miles in Osceola County every school year, the Osceola County School Board has proclaimed the week of October 19-23, 2020, as National School Bus Safety Week. This serves as a reminder for students, parents, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront and also recognizes the vital role the district's 325 bus drivers play in keeping students safe.

Drivers sharing the road with school buses are reminded to:
--Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you're on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children.
--Stop If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended on a school bus.
--Stop far enough back to allow children to safety enter and exit the bus. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children.

The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, which went into effect in Florida on October 1, 2019, prohibits the use of a wireless communications device in a handheld manner while driving in a designated school crossing or school zone.

The Osceola School District has current vacancies for bus drivers. Individuals who are looking for employment with a stable company, who enjoy working with children, and who prefer flexible hours are encouraged to call the district's Transportation Services Department at 407-518-4540 to inquire about a career. Benefits include free on-the-job paid training leading to a CDL License, competitive rate of pay, no nights, weekends, or holidays required, and excellent employee benefits.