Begin Main Content Area

National School Bus Safety Week

Each year, PennDOT participates in National School Bus Safety Week, which will be celebrated this year from October 17-21, 2022. For more information on School Bus Safety Week, visit National Association for Pupil Transportation.


School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest

Each year, PennDOT sponsors a school bus safety poster contest for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The winners of the poster contest are recognized at an event in Harrisburg held every October as part of National School Bus Safety Week.


2021/2022 Safety Poster Contest Winners

The students, in kindergarten through eighth grade, were recognized for their winning entries in the 2022 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The theme for this year's contest – "1 Bus + 1 Driver = A Big Impact on Education" – reminds everyone of the important dynamic between students and their school bus drivers, who navigate commonwealth roadways daily to deliver students to school and home without incident.

2021/2022 Safety Poster Contest Winners

Division 1

 First Place

Lipi Kairi - 1st Place (Division 1)Division 1, First Place

Lipi Kairi
Mt. Lebanon Montessori School
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

 Second Place 

Ananya Sri Boddupalli - 2nd Place (Division 1)Division 1, Second Place

Ananyasri Boddupalli
Franklin Elementary School
Sewickley, Allegheny County

 Third Place 

Luke Dye - 3rd Place (Division 1)Division 1, Third Place

Luke Dye
Mars Area Primary Center
Mars, Butler County

Division 2

First Place 

  Kashish Bhargava
Shamona Creek Elementary School
Downingtown, Chester County

Second Place 

  Avery Herlocher
Sugar Valley Rural Charter School
Loganton, Cambria County

Third Place 

Abbey Hines
All Saints Catholic School
Loganton, Cambria County

Division 3

First Place 

  Razayah Keller
Brockway Area Jr/Sr High School
Brockway, Jefferson County

Second Place 

  Peyton Seaman
East Juniata High School
McAlisterville, Juniata County

Third Place 

Kaelyn Walter
East Juniata High School
McAlisterville, Juniata County

School Bus Driver Safe Driving Competition

The Pupil Transportation Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania School Bus Association hold a Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safe Driving Competition every June to test school bus drivers' knowledge of safety rules and safe operation of their buses in two types of bus categories: conventional and transit. A first-, second- and third-place winner is chosen in each category. The six winners of the competition are also recognized at an event held during National School Bus Safety Week. Approximately 100 school bus drivers from across Pennsylvania participate in the competition each year.


2021/2022 School Bus Driver Safety Competition

The 2021/2022 Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition was not held this year.

PennDOT would like to congratulate all of the winners and say thank you to all of the students who participated in the School Bus Safety Poster contest and all school bus drivers for keeping our children safe on a daily basis.


Operation Safe Stop

Each year, during National School Bus Safety Week, PennDOT works with state and municipal police departments to conduct Operation Safe Stop, a proactive approach to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is dangerous and illegal.

For more information, visit Operation Safe Stop.