Happy Back-To-School Week! If your child is riding the school bus for the first time this week or has been riding the school bus for years, here’s a great refresher on school bus safety tips.
Getting on the bus:
- When waiting for the bus, make sure you stand in a safe place away from traffic.
- When the bus approaches, line up away from the street.
- Before approaching the bus, make sure it has come to a complete stop and the doors are open.
- Hold on to the handrail when getting on the bus.
While on the bus:
- If seat belts are available on your bus, use them.
- If no seat belts are present, remain seated and facing forward at all times.
- Don’t put your head, arms, or hands out the window.
- Keep all of your belongings in your seat and the aisles clear of any books or bags.
- When getting up from your seat, make sure the bus has come to a complete stop.
Getting off the bus:
- Hold on to the handrail when getting off the bus.
- If you must cross in front of the bus, walk far enough in front that the bus driver can see you.
- Look for the bus driver’s direction when attempting to cross the street.
- Stay away from the rear of the bus at all times.
For the parents:
- Walk younger children to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives and they get on.
- Make sure you reinforce bus safety guidelines with your children at the beginning of the school year and throughout the school year.
- Make sure your children know how to look both ways for oncoming traffic and safely cross the street.
Source: National Safety Council