School Bus Safety Tips
While school buses are designed for safety by being equipped with flashing lights, high seat backs and the bright yellow color, a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that school age students are killed in the hours prior to and after school more than any other time in the day.
It is important to make sure your child knows that buses—and bus stops—can be dangerous. If kids are aware of the right protocol, however, the bus stop should be a safe place for all school age kids.
Getting on the bus
- LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing the street. Although vehicles are required by law to stop for a school bus when loading or unloading passengers, the onus is on parents to make sure their children know their surroundings.
- STAY AWAY FROM TRAFFIC on roads, alley ways and private property.
- LINE UP ON THE SIDEWALK AND WAIT for the bus to come to a complete stop, and for the door to open, before approaching the bus.
- DO NOT MAKE LOUD NOISES that can distract the bus driver.
- STAY IN YOUR SEAT.
- KEEP HEAD, ARMS AND HANDS OUT OF THE WINDOW.
Getting off the bus
- KEEP YOUR BELONGINGS out of the aisles.
- WAIT FOR THE BUS TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP before getting up from the seat.
- USE THE HANDRAIL when exiting the bus.
- WALK AT LEAST 10 FEET AHEAD of the bus until you can see the driver and make sure the driver can see you.
- STAY AWAY FROM THE REAR WHEELS of the bus at all times.
Bus stops and busses are safe places, but things can always go awry. Make sure children are prepared and realize that they need to take safety precautions when traveling on a bus. Safety for children is everyone’s responsibility, especially when it comes to going to school and getting an education.