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Westorchard Elementary Practices Bus Safety Week

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Westorchard Elementary School says it's going to be proactive about school bus safety this week as it marks this week as “bus safety week.”

“The rules of the bus, as well as our bus discipline plan, are reviewed in all classes during the first two weeks of each new school year during gym class,” said Bonnie Mitchell, health aide and bus safety program coordinator at Westorchard Elementary School. “We also repeat the procedures during our bus safety week, which is this week.”

Westorchard Elementary plans to teach all students the importance of following the rules and procedures of the bus to ensure all children feel physically and emotionally safe during the ride.

“We mainly want to cut out bullying on our buses. It's important for students to be able to flourish physically and emotionally and being bullied can prohibit this,” said Mitchell.

School officials have urged parents to review the school's code of conduct with their children during this week to reinforce what has been covered in class. Each student was given a “bus reflection sheet,” in which the school asks students who misbehave on the bus to fill out, so that they fully understand the extent of their actions.

“I feel children need to know what behaviors we expect of them on the bus, and it's equally important that they understand what will happen should they not behave,” said Mitchell. “If students behave on the school bus, it supports the safety and well-being of all children on board.”

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