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2017 -2018 Loading & Unloading Survey Report Form

We are requesting your assistance with the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey. The survey for the 2017-2018 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/3WT2SMQ

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 48th 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 Surveys

These national surveys provide an account of children, which ride school buses, and are killed by either their own school bus or a passing motorist while loading or unloading the school bus.

Current Survey 2016-2017

2004-2005 Survey (PDF)

2005-2006 Survey (PDF)

2006-2007 Survey (PDF)

2007-2008 Survey (PDF)

2008-2009 Survey (PDF)

2009-2010 Survey (PDF)

2010-2011 Survey (PDF)

2011-2012 Survey (PDF)

2012-2013 Survey (PDF)

2013-2014 Survey (PDF)

2014-2015 Survey (PDF)

2015-2016 Survey (PDF)


Loading & Unloading Surveys

The following information is a collection of more than three decades of nation wide statistics on children killed in the loading and unloading "zone" or area around a school bus.

Report number one depicts the number of children killed, since 1970, by the front and back of a school bus, a vehicle passing a stopped school bus, the light condition and the size of the bus.
Click here for report (PDF)

Report number two depicts the sex and age of the child as well as whether the child was going to or coming from school.
Click here for report (PDF)

Report number three depicts weather conditions, the day of the week and the month a child was killed while in the loading/unloading zone.
Click here for report (PDF)

Report number four exhibits a breakdown of children killed in the loading zone of a school bus by each reporting state since 1979.
Click here for report (PDF)

Report number five depicts a breakdown of children killed in the loading/unloading zone of a school bus by location, weather, type of roadway, and if the child dropped an object, fell down, or caught a piece of clothing or object in the door or handrail.
Click here for report (PDF)


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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