Sherwood Park, AB. — Schools across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week from October 22–26. The theme this year: “School Bus…Bully Free Zone,” which is all about promoting the importance of healthy and respectful relationships among students, staff and school bus operators.

Throughout the week, various activities are planned including information sessions, bus-safety lesson plans and bus-evacuation drills. Collectively, these efforts will help everyone within EIPS better understand their role in supporting school bus safety.

“EIPS transports more than 9,300 students on 153 buses that operate 590 routes and travel close to 18,000 kilometres every day,” says Lisa Weder, the director of Student Transportation at EIPS. “To ensure a safe and comfortable ride for everyone, we need to continue to emphasize a culture of respect and co-operation among our bus operators, students and parents.”

Throughout the week, students and staff will also learn about:

  • safety on, and off, the bus
  • bus operator protocol
  • traffic safety tips
  • Student Transportation’s Code of Conduct

Students in kindergarten to Grade 6 are also taking part in the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council’s annual School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest by creating posters representing this year’s theme. The winners receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, an engraved plaque and a $100 cheque for a classroom.

 

NOTE: Media are invited to contact Communication Services to book an interview or to attend one of EIPS’ School Bus Safety Week activities.

 

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

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For more information contact:
Lisa Weder, Director, Student Transportation, EIPS, 780-417-8153
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902