COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 22
April 26, 1996

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
Pedestrian and School Bus Safety for Classroom Teachers
and Pupil Transportation Personne

 
  Within the last several years, three young children have
  been killed either by their own bus or a passing motorist. 
  Countless others have been seriously injured by careless or
  irresponsible motorists passing a stopped school bus. 
  
  In an effort to reinforce safe walking and riding practices,
  the Department will offer training to classroom teachers,
  using a "Walk, Ride, Walk" program developed by the National
  Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and marketed
  by the National Safety Council (NSC).  While the Department
  prefers classroom teachers receive this training, pupil
  transportation personnel are welcome on a space available
  basis.
  
  Each participating school will receive a "Walk, Ride, Walk"
  program, which includes video tapes, a workbook, posters and
  pamphlets.  This is an excellent resource for classroom
  instruction and will supplement a previous publication, "A
  Shared Responsibility."
  
  As a reminder, State Board Regulation, 2.10.1 states,
  "Pupil Rider Safety instruction shall be included in the
  school curriculum, including demonstration and practice of
  safety procedures.  At the Pre-K-1 grade levels, initial
  safety training shall occur during the first week of school
  and additional training on a periodic basis during the
  year."
  
  Thank you for supporting pupil transportation activities in
  the Commonwealth and I shall look forward to having your
  staff participate in this activity.  Continuing education
  credit may be available from VCU.  Directions will be sent
  with confirmation letters.  For questions call Dr. Barbara
  V. Goodman at (804) 225-2037.
  
  Please use the attached sign-up sheet to respond.
  
  aam
  
  
  Attachment:  This memo and its attachment will be sent to
               the superintendent's office.
  
  
  
                        SIGN-UP SHEET
     PEDESTRIAN AND SCHOOL BUS SAFETY "WALK, RIDE, WALK"
  
  SCHOOL DIVISION   ___________________________________
  
  UPS ADDRESS       ___________________________________
                    
                    ___________________________________
  
  Schedule of Workshops:
                         Site           Date           Time 
                    1.   Dinwiddie      July 15        9 - 1
                    2.   Caroline       July 16        9 - 1
                    3.   Norfolk        July 17        9 - 1
                    4.   Wytheville     July 22        9 - 1
                    5.   Roanoke Co.    July 23        9 - 1
                    6.   Buena Vista    July 24        9 - 1
                    7.   Halifax        July 25        9 - 1
                    8.   Fairfax        July 29        9 - 1
                    9.   Frederick Co.  July 30        9 - 1
  
                                                      Lunch
  Teachers Attending:         Workshop Selected   Yes       No
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  Pupil Transportation         Workshop Selected      Lunch
  Staff Attending:                                Yes       No
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  ____________________        ___________________ ____      ____
  
  * USE EXTRA SHEET, IF NECESSARY.  SEND NAMES OF EVERYONE
  INTERESTED.  IF REQUESTS EXCEED CLASS LIMITATIONS, WE MAY HAVE
  TO ASK INDIVIDUALS FROM THE SAME SCHOOL TO ATTEND ANOTHER
  CLASS.
  
  RETURN BY JUNE 1, 1996                 PERSON SUBMITTING FORM
  
  DR. BARBARA V. GOODMAN               _________________________
  PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
  P.O. BOX 2120                          TITLE
  RICHMOND, VA  23218-2120             _________________________
                                             
  FAX:  (804) 225-2831                 Phone Number_____________
  
                                       Fax Number ______________