Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.
SAFETY STARTS AT HOME
- Pack for school the night before to avoid rushing in the morning
- Choose a backpack without long straps or strings and avoid scarves and clothing with straps or drawstrings. These could get caught on bus handrails or doors when your child gets off the bus.
- Make arrangements to bring in class projects that are too large to be carried on the bus.
- Stress the importance of getting to the bus stop a few minutes early. Tell your child to walk, not run.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO WAIT SAFELY
- Teach your child never to stand in the road while waiting for the bus.
- If possible, have your child stand at least 10 feet from the road while waiting.
- Remind your child to wait calmly and quietly for the bus to arrive, to respect private property, and to watch and listen for traffic.
- Tell your child never to play games, run around, or push others while waiting.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO GET ON THE BUS SAFELY
- Your child should never approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
- Your child should watch the bus driver. He or she will signal when it’s OK to get on.
- If your child has to cross the street to board the bus, he or she must:
- Make eye contact with the driver. The bus driver should be able to see your child at all times.
- Wait for the bus driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.
- Watch and listen for cars.
- Stay at least 10 feet away and cross in front of the bus.
- Always stay out of the danger zone.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO RIDE SAFELY
Teach your child to:
· Keep the aisle clear – keep arms and legs, books, coats, and other items out of the aisle.
· Keep hands off emergency exit latches, unless the bus driver says otherwise.
· Keep all body parts inside the bus. Never stick fingers, hands, arms, or head out a window, door, or emergency roof hatch.
· Never throw objects inside or outside the bus.
· Stay seated during the entire trip
· Obey the driver at all times
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO EXIT WITH CARE
Teach your child to:
- Gather belongings as the stop nears. Don’t carry loose items.
- Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
- Walk in an orderly manner. Go slow and stay in single file. Use the handrail. Make sure that backpacks and clothing do not get caught.
- Look to the right before exiting the bus. Make sure no other vehicle is trying to pass the bus on the right.
- Never pick up a dropped item when exiting or boarding the bus. Bending over may mean the bus driver can’t see you. Tell the bus driver and follow his/her instructions.
For more information and further assistance consult the School Bus Rider Handbook.