SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 22
April 26, 1996
||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||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 ______________