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Sherwood Park, AB. — Schools across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating School Bus Safety Week from October 16–20. The theme this year: “Rider Rules = Safe to School,” which focuses on teaching children about proper school bus safety.

Throughout the week, various activities are planned for both students and staff including bus safety learning plans, safety exercises, the Little Elk Island Adventure 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 161 buses that operate 614 routes and travel close to 18,000 kilometres every day,” says Lisa Weder, the director of Student Transportation at EIPS. “Alberta’s school buses are statistically the safest means of travel available. To maintain this enviable record, we need to continue to facilitate co-operative efforts between our bus drivers, students, parents and the public.”

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 and Board policies

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 school bus safety. The winners receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, an engraved plaque and a $100 cheque for a class field trip.

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 17,100 students in 42 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