The Arkansas Department of Education asked that we share information regarding the B.U.S Awareness campaign being held throughout the state. Searcy School District is committed to the safety of our students and ask our community to be aware throughout the school year as we transport our children to and from school each day.
School bus safety is a critical issue for Arkansas schools and families. During a special
three-week public awareness campaign, educators and community leaders across the state will
actively work to remind students, parents and the community about the importance of school
bus safety and related issues.
B.U.S. (Be aware. U stay alert. So kids don’t get hurt) Awareness is the theme for the
campaign, which began August 11 and will conclude August 29. Schools and safety advocates
throughout the Natural State are using these three weeks as an opportunity to remind
Arkansas motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. Drivers will also
be reminded that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing
and students are getting on or off a bus.
“This effort reminds motorists they play an important role in keeping our students safe,” said
James Frank, Searcy School District transportation director. “With schools beginning a new year, we want to ask all motorists to exercise care and patience whenever they are near or around a school bus.”
The fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped
school bus were increased dramatically by Arkansas Code Annotated 27-51-1004, also known as
Isaac’s Law. The legislation passed by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2005 was named for
Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District who was struck and
killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were unloading.
“This campaign also serves as an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents
simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus,
and riding in the bus, “ said Frank. “It also gives us a chance to thank and
honor the professional school bus drivers who devote themselves to transporting our most
In Arkansas, a fleet of nearly 6,000 school buses transport more than a quarter of a million
students to and from school and school-related activities each school day. In Searcy School District,
approximately 1250 students ride school buses each school day. For more information regarding Searcy School District’s transportation department, access www.searcyschools/org and access support services/transportation or call 501-268-6954.