Original Date: 08/08/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Elementary School Bus Rider Safety Program
The Stafford County Public Schools purchased a robot bus in 1992 to help train children about bus safety. Virginia schools are required by the State Department of Education to provide bus rider safety training to all children in pre-school through first grade. A memorial fund, established in the name of a child killed while waiting for a school bus, has allowed the school system to purchase this robot bus as a training tool.
The bus illustrates appropriate actions for students while waiting for, riding, and exiting a school bus. Two people present the training with the robot bus, one remotely controlling the bus and providing the voice of the bus, while the other person is visible and provides commentary. Each year the robot bus is transported to all elementary schools in the county. The robot's sights and sounds have captivated the children and provided more effective training than using traditional approaches such as tapes or lectures.
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