“The School Bus Safety Task Force was created by Nathan's Law and with the support of Gov. Phi Bryant. The mission of this task force is to help make traveling to and from school safer for our students in the state of Mississippi. There is no greater responsibility in our educational system than the safety of our students. I am proud of the work of the task force and appreciate the support of the legislature and our Governor in this important process.” Dr. Ben Burnett, Chairman of MS School Bus Safety Task Force.
School bus safety is a top priority in Mississippi. The Mississippi Legislature passed Nathan's Law as a proactive strategy to protect our most valuable resource- children.
- Requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus when the bus is loading or unloading children. Motorists must not proceed until all children have crossed the street to or from the school bus, the flashing red lights are no longer activated, and the stop sign on the side of the bus is retracted.
- Authorizes a charge of felony assault and a prison sentence of up to 20 years for motorists convicted of illegally passing a school bus that, in the process, results in injury or death.
- Authorizes cameras be equipped on school bus stop arms to film perpetrators in the act.
- Required the development of at least 10 questions relating to school bus safety on a driver's license test.
- Established a School Bus Safety Task Force.
- Prohibits school bus drivers from using cell phones, wireless communication devices, vehicle navigation systems or "personal digital assistants" while operating the bus, except in an emergency.
- Increases the fine for passing a stopped school bus.
School Bus Safety Week, October 21-25 "Stand Back From the Yellow and Black!"
2013 Poster Contest Rules and Regulations
The School Safety Educational Leadership Framework (SSELF) meets the school bus safety curriculum requirements of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 37-3-107. The School Safety Educational Leadership Framework provides competencies, objectives, and strategies to support instruction on school bus safety, bullying prevention, conflict resolution, weather safety, and other topics in kindergarten through third grade. This document is out for APA until 5:00 p.m. on October 24th, 2013 and can be downloaded by clicking here.
School Bus Safety Resources
- Nathan’s Legacy Foundation, Inc-
- Love to Know Safety-School bus coloring, activity sheets, and puzzles to reinforce the rules of the school bus.
- The Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety (integrate math) The lesson plans are available at National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
- Tips to Promote Your Child’s School Bus safety.
The following informational video are about school bus safety, including a public service announcement for your use.