New Fayette County plans will teach school bus safety

A school bus driver who is also a puppeteer is creating a safety puppet show for Fayette County students. Courtesy Fayette County Public Schools
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A school bus driver who is also a puppeteer is creating a safety puppet show for Fayette County students. Courtesy Fayette County Public Schools

As part of its strategic plan for transportation, Fayette County Public Schools is implementing new programs aimed at teaching school bus safety.

As outlined in a presentation during the Board of Education’s Nov. 4 work session, the new messaging will include classroom and hands-on safety curricula at the elementary school level, a student song contest for middle schools, and bus evacuation trainings at all grade levels. Roxane Owen, director of transportation, told the school board that Fayette wants to “go a step further” than state safety requirements by devising some creative programs.

School bus driver and professional puppeteer Brenda Moody will present safety-oriented shows for younger kids, while middle school students will hold a competition to write and perform bus safety songs or raps. Fayette will continue to implement the state safety curriculum as well, focusing on early September and February after each semester is underway.