National School Bus Safety Week & Poster Contest

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 - held during the third week in October each year. 

The centerpiece of National School Bus Safety Week is the National SBSW Poster Contest. Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety. The winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation for everyone.


National School Bus Safety Week Information

2016 National School Bus Safety Week: October 17-21, 2016

The 2015 Winning Poster/2016 National School Bus Safety Week theme: "Bully Free Zone!"

National School Bus Safety Week & Poster Contest

2015 winning poster drawn by: Melia Lafleur, Grade 8 at Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, HI

We distributed over 80,000 posters this year! Due to extreme popularity, posters are no longer available. Check back in the fall for the announcement of our 2016 poster contest winner.

All 2015 winning posters, including overall winner, can be viewed here.

The theme of National School Bus Safety Week, which is derived from the poster contest the year before, should not be confused with the Poster Contest theme. The Poster Contest information can be found below.


Poster Contest Information

The 2016 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest theme is: # STOP ON RED! All posters must be submitted to NAPT headquarters by no later than October 1, 2016 to be considered in the 2016 National contest.

2016 Poster Contest rules

Students should draw the # STOP ON RED! theme anytime between September 2015 and September 2016 for the 2016 contest. The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above, to include all punctuation.

Please Note: The Poster Contest and National School Bus Safety Week are two different events. The poster theme becomes the theme for the following year's National School Bus Safety Week, which is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. This annual event is held during the third full week in October each year.


Upcoming Themes