National School Bus Safety Week

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.


2020 National School Bus Safety Week: October 19-23, 2020 and the theme is "Red Lights Mean STOP!" The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is derived from the Poster Contest the year before. The 2019 winning poster, depicted above, was drawn by Bryan Torres-Tavarez, a 12th Grader at Stars Academy in Paterson, NJ.

To order posters, contact the American School Bus Council at

Looking for school bus safety tips all year round? Click here for some great tips from NAPT.

The National School Bus Safety Week program is hosted by:


Upcoming NSBSW Poster Contest Themes:

  • 2020-2021: Be Safe - Know the Danger Zone

    Please Note: The “Can’t Touch This – The Danger Zone!” theme was changed in January of 2020 in response to concerns it could be misconstrued. If students have already drawn posters based on this theme, they will still be accepted as valid entries in the national contest.

    NEW Poster Contest Rules