Gov. Kelly signs proclamations promoting school safety, bus safety

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (Facebook / MGN)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Laura Kelly signed a proclamation supporting safer school environments Friday.

The proclamation promotes America's Safe Schools Week, which is October 21st - 27th.

Safe Schools Week encourages teachers, administrators and other members of the community to work together, especially in a state of crisis.

Susan McMahan with the Kansas State Dept. of Education's Safe and Secure Schools Unit says the proclamation helps the organization support safer school districts statewide.

“We're teaching them at that local level that they need to collaborate with their law enforcement, their fire, EMS, emergency management,” McMahan said. “Everyone needs to be on the same page so they know how everyone is going to respond to a crisis if one happens, either on school grounds or in their community.”

The governor also recognized four students who placed in the school bus safety poster contest. This year’s poster theme was 'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'.

A 30-day study done by the Kansas People Transportation Association found that 10,000 motorists ran the school bus stop sign in the state of Kansas. The organization said there have been no reports of fatalities.

Gov. Kelly signed eight other proclamations Friday, including 'School Transportation Appreciation Day'.