School bus safety is being promoted nationally through Oct. 22. (PGCPS Photo
School bus safety is being promoted nationally through Oct. 22. (PGCPS Photo

National School Bus Safety Week, held the third week of October and created to promote school bus safety, 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.

PGCPS Director of Transportation Rudolph Saunders commented in a school press release about the impact of school bus drivers — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The role drivers and attendants play in ensuring student safety cannot be overstated,” Saunders said in a PGCPS press release. “In addition to highlighting our investments in technology to improve safety, we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the dedication of our team who are doing ‘more’ as we continue to navigate challenges presented by the pandemic.”

According to the release, this school year, PGCPS introduced several safety-focused upgrades to its fleet of more than 1,200 school buses. They include stop-arm cameras that capture video of motorists who violate school bus traffic laws; GPS-enabled tablets offering drivers real-time data; and a new mobile app to help families monitor bus location and schedules.

On Friday, Oct. 22, five bus drivers will be randomly selected to receive $50 gift cards. Afterward, all drivers nominated will be entered into a grand prize drawing in the spring for a chance to win $1,000.

Scholar of the Week

DaMarr Savoy, a senior at Gwynn Park High School, has been recognized as Scholar of the Week.

DaMarr Savoy, who attends the IT Academy at Gwynn Park, is also dual-enrolled at Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland College Park.

Armed with a 4.25 GPS, DaMarr who comes from an “academically competitive” family, is well on his way to the top of the leaderboard, while working toward graduating at the top of his class with future goals to own a tech business.

A member of the Air Force Junior ROTC, DaMarr has also earned several accolades including the National Retired Enlisted Association Award, National Sojourners Award and Principal’s Award for exceptional leadership.

When he’s not studying, DaMarr enjoys helping his family and taking road trips.

Online Tutoring, Homework Support

Live tutoring for “Brainfuse Help Now” is available in English and Spanish during the week from 2 p.m. – 11:55 p.m

By joining their peers in need of support, PGCPS students can practice long division, improve reading comprehension, and learn other key skills.

To help better organize and present their thoughts and information, interested students can also a writing sample to the Writing Lab for feedback.

In addition, a program called “PebbleGo, helps teach research skills to K-3 students and includes built-in reading and research tools such as leveled text, consistent navigation, fun educational games, and spoken-word audio that models correct pronunciation and fluency.

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