School bus safety critical in winter months

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

School buses are considered the safest way to transport students to and from school however, during the winter months, severe weather can create hazardous conditions that require additional precautions. We want to make sure our students are as safe as possible as they travel to and from school on our buses. The following winter bus safety tips will help our students and our drivers arrive safely at their destinations:

  • Plan ahead and allow sufficient time to get to the bus stop.
  • Do not chase the bus.
  • Stand away from where the bus comes to a stop. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.
  • Do not slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street. You could slide under the wheels of the bus and get hurt.
  • Make sure to tuck long scarves and jacket strings into your coat. This will help to keep them from getting caught on the bus handrail or in the door.
  • Don’t stand or play on snow piles at the bus stop – you could slide into the street and into the path of oncoming traffic.

Every day, our bus drivers safely transport over 2,800 students to our junior high school and our five elementary schools logging approximately 419,400 miles annually. Those of us that have never driven a school bus can only imagine the challenges that face our bus drivers, particularly during snowy and icy weather. Please help our bus drivers make sure that all our students are safe this winter and review the bus safety tips with them. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at