National School Bus Safety Week at MCSD

By: Sarah Johnston, Communications Dept. Intern


It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the Marshalltown CSD Transportation team for all they do to keep Bobcat students safe. 

This year’s National School Bus Safety Week theme is “1 Bus + 1 Driver = a big impact on Education.” The District strongly emphasizes the importance of educating young Bobcats on various skills to use on and around one of the District’s many buses. 

The District’s diligent bus drivers transport students on dozens of big, yellow school buses to and from school, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities. No matter where they take students, transportation staff prioritize student safety.

Here are some very important safety tips from Transportation Director Rex Kozak:

  • Flashing red lights mean stop for vehicles around a school bus — keep at least 25 feet away from a bus with flashing red lights to ensure students’ safety.
  • Flashing yellow lights mean slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Drive slower and maintain greater driving distance when a school bus is present.
  • Don’t drive distracted ­ maintain focus on the road and surroundings.
  • Be extra watchful for school buses between the hours of 7-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on weekdays, when school transportation activity peaks

Other school bus safety tips cover how to react when a school bus is approaching, how to act while riding on a bus, and what to do if an emergency occurs. For more information, visit

Thank you to the entire MCSD Transportation Team for taking great care of Bobcat students!