National School Bus Safety Week in Montgomery County, Maryland

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National School Bus Safety Week in Montgomery County, Maryland

National School Bus Safety Week in Montgomery County features a safety video for elementary school students produced in a collaboration of the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the County’s Vision Zero program. The video, which emphasizes safety tips for children traveling to and from school on the bus, will feature MCDOT’s safety zebra, Zeal.

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is a public education program encouraging parents, students, teachers, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.

School bus safety tips include:

  • At the bus stop, have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.
  • Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.
  • Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Additional school bus safety tips are available here.

“The safety of our children is our first priority,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Being safe is important around the school bus as well as on the school bus and we are pleased to partner with the school system to educate students in fun and engaging ways. Our ‘Safe Routes to School’ program, run by MCDOT, routinely engages in these activities and ties into our County’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate pedestrian deaths and serious injuries in the County.”

MCDOT offers free resources to get parents, teachers and volunteers involved in pedestrian safety surrounding their schools. For more information, visit and subscribe to the Safe Routes To School newsletter here.

“This week presents a good opportunity to engage young children to teach them how to take precautions while riding a school bus,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “Parents and teachers are encouraged to share our new video featuring Zeal the Safety Zebra with young children and review safety guidance with them.”

To access the children’s safety video, go to


This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Comments (13)

Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Hi Roy, thank you for the information and post. Never realize that there was a national school bus safety week. Thanks again for update me.

Oct 23, 2021 12:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy- this is so important to get out to all communities!!!  We had a little 6 year old killed a few weeks ago when she got off the bus. 

Oct 23, 2021 12:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is wonderful advice, and most of the kids around here walk with their parents.  A

Oct 23, 2021 01:14 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think that's a pretty wise assessment old

Oct 23, 2021 10:17 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember riding the bus when I was a kid and always felt safe.  I hope that kids will always stay safe while riding the bus to school.

Oct 24, 2021 04:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Oct 24, 2021 08:35 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

School bus safety is an important subject.  Many districts are experiencing a shortage of bus drivers, so being mindful of safety around school buses is especially important.

Oct 24, 2021 11:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Oct 25, 2021 05:58 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
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Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Oct 25, 2021 07:11 AM