Harlandale ISD celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

It is National School Bus Safety Week and Harlandale ISD is joining other school districts across the nation to promote school bus safety.

This year’s theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!”

For Harlandale ISD Transportation Director Christopher Ramirez, this week is a great opportunity to address the importance of school bus safety.

“Our goal is to safely transport students to and from school every day and to treat them with respect,” Ramirez said. “We like to remind the public to obey the traffic laws that pertain to our students who ride our buses. Our students are most vulnerable when they are unloading the school bus, which is why drivers are required to stop during this time.”

Harlandale ISD has a total of 60 school buses, 45 drivers and 24 monitors, who travel nearly 3,000 miles when transporting nearly 2,000 students each day.

Ramirez recommends students, parents, staff and community members to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

“Don’t assume that a vehicle sees you or that a vehicle will stop for you,” he said. “Treat every situation with the utmost caution.”

He also reminds drivers to be aware of school zones while buses are loading and unloading students, as well as make sure to stop when they see the flashing red lights, not pass the bus and avoid using their cell phones.

Ramirez also commends the great work and dedication from all HISD bus drivers.

“We have an amazing group of employees in our district,” Ramirez continued. “Our drivers truly care for the students they transport. I am very fortunate to work with a group of employees who care so much and do a great job at representing the district on a daily basis."

 Harlandale ISD celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

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