Please share this with friends who are skeptical of school bus safety. EdWeek is reporting:
In spite of recent high-profile bus crashes, a new Government Accountability Office report suggests school buses are probably still a safer way to get your kids to school than driving them yourself.
From 2000 to 2015, there’s been on average 115 fatal crashes involving a school bus each year in the United States, the GAO found—that’s only a third of a percent of the nearly 35,000 fatal crashes during that time. The number of crashes remained relatively steady during that time.
Got that? One third of one percent!
Long story short: Bus crashes, like plane crashes, make the news. But riding in that big yellow tube is remarkably safe. There’s no reason to demonize it the way we have demonized the walk to school, the walk to the park, the walk to the store…
In fact, remembering that kids are very safe these days is a way to practice gratitude — always a good idea.