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2018 -2019 Loading & Unloading Survey Report Form

We are requesting your assistance with the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey. The survey for the 2018-2019 school year requests the same information as years past. This year the survey will be completed on line by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7H5SXJB

If you have questions about completing the survey or have additional information regarding a fatality you are reporting on the survey please contact:

Keith Dreiling, State Director
KSDE School Bus Safety Unit
900 SW Jackson Ave. Suite 356
Topeka, KS 66612
Office Phone:  785-296-4567
Office Fax:  785-296-6659
Email: kdreiling@ksde.org


This will be the 49th year the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) School Bus Safety Unit has collected this information with the assistance of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

The National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey is a collection of fatality accident reports provided by state agencies that are responsible for school transportation and/or accident records. KSDE along with the help of NASDPTS, asks that all states and Washington, D.C. provide data to KSDE, who will then compile it for this survey. Only fatalities involving school children in or around the loading or unloading areas of a school bus are included.

This survey is provided annually to the school transportation industry in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers involved in loading and unloading school children. Fatalities — which are caused by a variety of circumstances and errors by passing motorists and school bus drivers — continue to take place. This shows the continuing need for forceful, advanced instruction to school bus drivers and students, as well as the need to increase our efforts to thoroughly inform drivers across the country about the requirements of the school bus stop law.

National Loading & Unloading Surveys

These National Loading and Unloading Surveys provide an account of students who ride the school bus and are killed by either by their own school bus or a passing motorist while loading or unloading the school bus.

Current Survey 2018-2019

2017-2018 Survey (PDF)

2016-2017 Survey (PDF)

2015-2016 Survey (PDF)

2014-2015 Survey (PDF)

2013-2014 Survey (PDF)

2012-2013 Survey (PDF)

Loading & Unloading Surveys Accumulative Data

The following information is a collection of nation wide statistics dating back to 1970 for some categories for students killed in the loading and unloading zone around a school bus. The data includes breakdowns by: front and back of a school bus, size of the bus, vehicles passing a stopped school bus,  light conditions, sex and age of the student, whether the child was going to or coming from school, weather conditions, day of the week, month, type of roadway, if the student dropped an object, fell down, or caught a piece of clothing or object in the door or handrail. 

Accumulative Data Report

Accumulative Fatality Synopsis Report

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

School Bus Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Annette Blevins

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