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TIPS FOR PARENTS

As parents you, you are an important part of a total safety program for children who traveled by school bus.  Children need to learn to be safe pedestrians as they walk to and from the bus as well as to be safe riders when they are on the bus.  Here's how you can help:

Getting Ready For School

  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so they won't drop them on the way to the bus stop.

  • Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so the drivers will more easily see them.

  • Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due to arrive.

Walking to the Bus Stop

  • Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups.  There is safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.

  • Don't let pre-school children or pets go with your child to the bus stop.

  • Walk on the sidewalk.

  • If there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street.

  • If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as possible.

  • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys.  Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking.

Waiting at the Bus Stop

  • Don't let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop.  It is too dangerous.

  • Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus, that way the child will be out of the way of traffic.  Have younger children practice taking 5 giant steps to be familiar with 10 feet.

 Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Make children stay at least 10 feet away from the bus until they begin to enter.  Children will then be able to see the driver and the driver can see them.

  • If children must cross the street to the bus they should cross the street 10 feet (5 giant steps) in front where they can see the driver and the driver can see them.

  • Warn the children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up.  Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver's instructions.  If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not see the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop.

  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.  Drivers in a hurry sometimes pass buses on the right.

  • Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail of the bus they are exiting.

  • Give your child a note and follow your school's procedures if you if you would like your child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned.  The driver isn't allowed to let a child off at another stop without permission.

  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side the child will be dropped not across the street.  Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they might dash across the street forgetting all safety rules.

Riding the Bus

  • Remind your children to be good bus riders.  They should:

  • Talk quietly

  • Be courteous to the driver and follow the driver's directions.

  • Keep the aisles

  • Stay seated for the entire bus ride 

TIPS FOR STUDENTS

 Walking to the Bus Stop

  • Always walk to the bus stop.  NEVER RUN

  • Walk on the sidewalk.  If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.

  • Always go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • While at the bus stop, wait quietly in a safe place well away from the road.  Do not run and play while waiting for the bus.

Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Enter the bus in line with younger students in front and hold the handrail while going up and down the steps.

  • When entering the, go directly to a seat.  Remain seated and facing forward for the entire ride.

  • Always speak in a quite whisper on the bus so the driver will not be distracted.

  • Never throw things on the bus or out the windows.

  • Keep the aisles clear at all times.  Feet should be directly in front of you on the floor and book bags should be kept in your lap.

  • Never play with emergency exits.  If there is an emergency, listen to the driver and follow instructions.

  • Large instruments or sports equipment should not block the aisle or emergency exits.

  • Remain seated until the bus stops completely.

  • Always be silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if there is a train is coming.

  • Hands should be kept to yourself at all times while riding the bus.  Fighting and picking on other students can cause a dangerous bus ride.

  • When it is necessary to cross the street, wait for the bus to arrive, watch for red flashing and the stop arm and stop sign to be extended, and cross only when all traffic has stopped.  Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

  • Only get on and off the bus at your designated stop.  If you need to get off the bus somewhere else you must have a note from your parents that has been signed by the principal.

  • If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it.  The driver may not see you when they begin to move the bus.

  • Always make sure that drawstrings other loose objects are secure before getting off the bus so they will not get caught in handrail or the door.

  • Respect the "Danger Zone" which surrounds all sides of the bus.  The "Danger Zone" is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus.

  • Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the "Danger Zone".

  • Always cross the street in front of the bus.  Never go behind the bus.

  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so the driver will know where you are.

  • Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get in the car with a stranger.  Always go straight to your parents and tell them if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up.

  • Once you get off the bus in the afternoon, go straight home so an adult will know where you are.

The Bus Driver

  • Always obey the bus driver.

  • If someone bothers you on the bus, tell the driver right away.

  • If you need to talk to the bus driver, wait for the bus to stop, raise your hand and call the driver's name. 

 

NOW HAVE A SAFE RIDE