February is Love the Bus month
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
To the Editor:
February marks Love the Bus month, the American School Bus Council’s annual recognition of school bus drivers across the country who dedicate themselves to providing safe transportation each and every day. At First Student, the safety and security of the students we transport is our core value.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our drivers and our entire First Student team who do their part to ensure students in the Milford, Mason, Amherst. Mont Vernon and Souhegan school districts are safety transported to and from school each day.
The yellow school bus is the safest way to get to and from school; nearly 13 times safer than walking to school and as much as 10 times safer than traveling in a passenger vehicle, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. First Student continually evaluates and utilizes new tools and procedures to make our buses even safer.
Highly trained drivers and a regular maintenance program are also vital to an excellent safety record. Our drivers participate in an extensive training program. Each of our drivers must undergo more than 50 hours of behind-the-wheel and in-classroom training before ever transporting any students. Our drivers also participate in monthly in-service meetings to discuss important safety procedures.
In addition, our buses have regularly scheduled and ongoing vehicle maintenance checks. Each driver also conducts a daily multi-point inspection of his/her bus using the latest technology before beginning a route. This comprehensive maintenance program ensures our buses are operating at peak condition.
First Student recognizes our tremendous responsibility to ensure student safety, and we thank you for your continued support of us and your love of the school bus.