School Bus Drivers' Day
School Bus Drivers' Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 (52 days from today).
Let honor school bus drivers! School Bus Drivers' Day is derived from California.
Education is one of the most, if not the most important, aspects of any child's life. What they learn in school during those 12 or 13 years, from foreign languages to math to essential social skills, will likely be the foundation of their whole lives and whatever they decide to do with them later. As the result, we should spend a lot of time talking about the importance of teachers and how grateful we are to them for passing on all their valuable knowledge and experience this treasure.
But have you ever taken a moment to think about the people who work tirelessly every day to make sure your kids can get to school safely to learn those important lessons, and then bring them back home? ? Those who have to endure the screams, laughter, and general noises of dozens of children confined in a small space for hours on end, day in and day out?
History of School Bus Drivers' Day
Today we honor school bus drivers! School bus drivers' day originated in California. After being unofficially observed there for a while, the California legislature decided to make the date official. In 2009, they commemorated School Bus Drivers' Day to pay public attention to school bus drivers with their outstanding services to students in California. Once created in the state, it looks like the widespread holiday will be observed informally elsewhere.
Bus drivers take students to school and to related events including trips, zoos... In the United States and Canada, it is estimated that school buses and school bus drivers provide approximately 8 billion trips between home and school each year. In 2015, there were approximately 484,000 buses for transporting 26.9 million children to school and take part in related activities per day. More than half of students in the United States are transported to school by bus, but buses are less common outside of North America.
A high school diploma is usually required to become a school bus driver, but there are other things a bus driver must have that are more important. In 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed, which required school bus drivers to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Drivers must also have P (passenger) and S (school bus) certifications. To get these certifications, they must take a written and driving test, and pass a background check and a sex offender registration check.
After dropping off students from school in the morning, it is free time of bus drivers before sending students home in the afternoon. However, there is often an opportunity to continue working at this time, by driving for field trips or other school-related activities. Bus drivers even get free admission to the field trips they take with students. In addition to being unpaid in the middle of the day, school bus drivers also don't get paid in the summer, when students are out of school.
Being a school bus driver is not only driving in the morning and in the afternoon; but also have some duties and responsibilities that go along with it. Drivers must follow and memorize their routes, stay on schedule, and must know basic bus maintenance. They must also record their mileage and keep a record of their passengers. When students get on the bus, they must make sure they ride safely. When students board the bus, students must ensure that they are in their seats while the bus is in motion. To solve this problem, drivers often create seating maps for students. When students get off the bus, the driver must check the bus once time to make sure everyone is off. In doing so, they took a sign that said "empty bus" and placed it on the back of the bus. At the end of the day, they also have to make sure the inside of the bus is cleaned up.
The origins of buses - and school bus drivers - date back to the late nineteenth century. During that time, a horse-drawn carriage known as a child hack took children to and from school. Because the horse is in front of the attack, students are at the rear, so they do not startle them. Following the first decade of the twentieth century, the school bus no longer had a horse. However, they still have seats at the bench the kid hacked into, as well as a door to get in at the back.
In 1927, the first steel-clad buses were built. However, the sides of these buses remained open and rollable fabric curtains hung there. Soon there was a shift towards buses made entirely of steel. In the 1930s, doors were placed at the front. But the back door remained and became the exit.
A conference held in 1939 had published 44 school bus standards. One is standardizing buses to yellow. This color was chosen because it is believed to be most visible at dawn and dusk, and because black text is easily readable on it as well. The official name of this color is "Glossy Yellow National Bus." School buses in the United States and Canada are yellow, and this color is also used in some other parts of the world. Since the appearance of school buses, there have continued to be changes and improvements to them. One thing that has not changed is the needs of bus drivers, and we honor them today!
How to celebrate School Bus Drivers Day
Like many civil servants, there are also praises for school bus drivers with a real tragedy often occurring so that people give them and their jobs any thought.
Important gestures are not the key point of School Bus Drivers Day, so while we make sure that most school bus drivers would not mind picking up Ferrari keys to help your kids get to school. A range of homemade cookies would also be great. A few brief words of appreciation you can say to a school bus driver in the morning or afternoon may seem like nothing to you, but they may be the best thing the driver has heard. And let's not forget to teach our children a little about how to appreciate even the smallest things for them, a child who knows when to say thank you will inevitably grow up to be an infinitely better adult than term!
ObservedSchool Bus Drivers' Day has been observed the fourth Tuesday in April.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2025
Tuesday, April 28th, 2026
California Legislature on May 20th, 2009