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Zūm recognizes National School Bus Safety Week

Zūm marked National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20) with events at its bus yards nationwide, including safety slogan competitions, employee appreciation breakfasts, and awards for drivers who exhibit outstanding safety performance.

Each day also included reminders for drivers on topics including wheelchair securement, the proper use of mirrors, response and de-escalation strategies, and building relationships with students.

“National School Bus Safety Week is a time for drivers, families, and educators to work together to ensure our children are safe on the school bus,” said Ritu Narayan, CEO and founder of Zum. “We believe that Zum is influencing new standards and conversations on safety in the industry, and we’re proud to be working with thousands of schools and families to improve the school bus experience for the 27 million children who rely on it each day.”

Five tips for families to ensure school bus safety:

  1. When waiting for the bus, students should stand at least 10 feet away from the edge of the road.
  2. Crossing students should always walk in front of the bus, never behind it. Before crossing in front of the bus, students should wait for the driver’s signal to cross.
  3. Motorists are required by law to stop for stopped school buses that are displaying flashing red lights and a stop arm. Never pass a stopped school bus.
  4. Bright clothing and reflective gear on jackets, shoes, hats, and backpacks increases a student’s odds of being seen by drivers, especially if students are traveling at dawn or dusk.
  5. Those who meet children at the bus stop after school should wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street.

Thanks to all of Zum’s drivers who put safety first and to the communities we serve!