School bus drivers to participate in Blue Shirt Day

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On Monday, employees for All-Star Transportation will participate in Blue Shirt Day, a part of the World Day of Bullying Prevention.

Employees, including school bus drivers and bus monitors, will be wearing blue t-shirts emblazoned with a graphic that says ‘Be Nice on My Bus!’ All-Star Transportation provides busing for students in Region 16, which covers beacon Falls and Prospect.

“There is no such thing as ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me’ in real life,” said Safety Supervisor Brenda Bass, in a prepared statement. “A child who is bullied is scarred and it can affect them for the rest of their life.”

Connecticut school bus drivers are mandated by state law to report in writing any potential bullying issues on buses within 24 hours of the incident. All-Star Transportation drivers have received awareness and prevention training.

“Our buses need to have a safe and secure climate so that each child can feel comfortable and safe,” said Leslie Sheldon, co-owner of All-Star Transportation in a news release.