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Leon County Schools' week to honor school bus drivers

Posted at 11:15 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 23:15:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For many students, bus drivers are the first school officials they see as they start their day and the last before they head home for the evening.

Leon County Schools is taking the week to honor their contributions to keeping your children safe on the roadway. They'll highlight one outstanding driver each day on social media.

According to the American School Bus Council, children are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car.

Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna says that's due in part to the extra safety precautions and bus driver monitoring in place while kids are on board.

"We have eyes and ears on those buses, along with our GPS system that monitors how they're tracking, what their speed is," said Hanna. "We monitor all of our drivers and they know, they're fully aware of the scrutiny that they're under because again, nothing is more precious to us than a child's life and us ensuring that while we are transporting them to and from school that they are as safe as they possibly can be."

Hanna's asking all drivers to use extra caution over the next few weeks when it may be darker at pick up and drop off locations due to changes in daylight saving time.

We set the clocks back on Nov. 1.