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Wisconsin School Bus Driver Recognition Week

This week is School Bus Driver Recognition Week in Wisconsin.

The week is set aside to honor the Badger State's 15,000 school bus drivers who travel more than 82 million miles a year transporting students to and from school every day. This year has been especially challenging for local drivers given the problems of flooding last fall and a host of inclement weather days this winter.

The Wisconsin School Bus Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that school children from kindergarten through high school who travel to and from school in school buses use the safest means of school transportation. School bus riders are also safer than passenger vehicle occupants when traveling to and from school and school-related events. Officials say a bus’s size, structure, and safety components provide the greatest occupant protection.

Nationally, it is estimated that school buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning.

Any day is a good day to thank a school bus driver, but this week is the perfect time as Wisconsin celebrates School Bus Driver Recognition Week.