- Last Updated: 09 August 2021 09 August 2021
A 2019 NASDPTS survey identified 95,000 illegal passes across 39 states in a single day; that’s over 17 million near misses in one school year.
Given this information, now is a good time to refresh ourselves on how to share the roads with school buses, and create a safer environment for students. The Sioux Falls School District wants each student to get to school, and back home again, safely, every day. While school buses are statistically the safest way for students to travel, there are things everyone can do to keep school buses, and students, safe.
Help keep your child safe by reviewing our School Bus SMART rules at home. These rules are posted at schools, on buses, in school newsletters, and are available in videos your child will see. But if they also hear them from you, they’ll be more likely to remember them.
School Bus SMART
Stay in your seat while the bus is moving
For your safety and the safety of everyone around you.
Manage yourself and your space on the bus
Keep items in your bag and pick them up after yourself.
Act like you are in the classroom
The exact same rules, expectations, and consequences apply on the bus.
Remain inside the bus at all times
This means hands, feet, heads, and any possessions – to keep everyone safe.
Treat other people and property with respect
Your driver is working hard to get you to and from school safely, other students deserve to be treated the same way you want to be treated, the bus belongs to all students, and you share a bus stop with a neighborhood. Act like it.
If your students have questions about bus safety, encourage them to ask their driver, teachers, counselors or principals. If your student encounters bullying on a bus, in any way, they should tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
About School Bus Inc. and Our Drivers
Continuing Training and Education:
Drivers and Aides attended two (2) 9-hour training sessions in August before the start of the school year.
School Bus, Inc. is a member of the South Dakota School Transportation Association (SDSTA). Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA), Minnesota Coach Bus Operators Association (MCBOA), United Motor Coach Association (UMA), American Bus Association (ABA), National School Transportation Association (NSTA), National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), United States Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Better Business Bureau, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Development Foundation and Sioux Falls Construction Committee.
Jim Shafer is currently the Treasurer of SDSTA. Jim continues, to be involved with the State of South Dakota as a past member of the School Bus Rules, Construction, and Operations Review Committee. This review committee was a result of the School Bus National Minimum Safety Standards Conference held in Warrensburg, Missouri. This conference is held once every five years and was attended by Jim Shafer in 1985 and 1990. Jim Shafer attended 1995, 2000, and the 2010 conference. Val Nardini attended the 2005 conference. SDSTA has sent attendees to this conference in 2015. 2020 conference was canceled due to COVID concerns. Jim continues to work with the Department of Education concerning school bus rules and regulations.
Why are School Buses Safe?
Safety features including the color and size of school buses, height, reinforced sides, flashing red lights, cross-view mirrors, and crossing and stop sign arms ensure children are protected and secure on and off the bus. The compartmentalization of the area where students also protect their safety.
Facts About Sioux Falls School District Bussing from School Bus Inc.
Our total fleet
102 Yellow Reg Ed and Sp Ed School Buses (29 - 84 passengers)
4 White activity buses (48 passengers)
15 Motorcoach buses (5 - 56 passengers, 4 - 55 passengers, 2 - 36 executive passengers, and 4 - 34 passengers)
2 People mover buses (35 passengers)
1 Seven (7) passenger minivan
1 Eight (8) passenger minivan
1 Service pickup
1 6 foot by 10 foot Trailer
1 6 foot by 12-foot trailer
1 7 foot by 12-foot trailer
Fleet has pupil transporting capabilities of 8374 pupils and 115 wheelchairs