Back-to-school is right around the corner, and so it’s time to get the new school pupils and their families familiar with the school bus experience.
Buffalo Public Schools and its transportation partner, First Student, will hold a School Bus Open House from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave.
The event is targeted at pre-K, kindergarten and newcomers to the district to understand and learn safety rules and what to expect of the transportation program.
New this year, Safety Dog will make an appearance in Buffalo as part of his nation-wide tour. Safety Dog uses fun, interactive activities to teach safe bus riding basics to elementary school students and their parents. Safety Dog will pose for photos with students, who will be asked to sign a safety pledge and leave with a bag full of goodies.
Also on Saturday, school buses, bus drivers, bus aides and program supervisors will be on hand to answer questions and explain the rules and regulations for safe transportation. There will be a car seat demonstration for students under four-years-old. Families also will have a chance to board the buses to familiarize themselves with the features. And school buses will run a short route so that parents and children can experience their first school bus ride together.
First Student has been the bus transportation provider for the Buffalo Public Schools for the past 35 years, operating a fleet of more than 700 buses that transport about 20,000 students each day, according to First Student officials.