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Back-To-School Safety: School Bus Safety

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

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