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School Bus Safety Tips for Parents

Safety Tips for Parents

    Review bus rules with students and encourage safe


1. Have children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so they won't drop things along the way.
  • Secure any loose drawstrings, etc. so they won't catch on the handrails or bus door. Always use the handrail when loading or unloading. 
2. Have them wear bright, contrasting colors. 
  • So drivers can see them more easily during early hours.
3.  Be at the stop 5 minutes before bus arrival. (As advised by the NHTSA) 
  • Make sure they leave home on time so they can.
4. Running to the stop is dangerous. 
  • Never run to catch the bus.
5.  There is safety in numbers and groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • Walk them to the stop, have older children walk in groups.
6. Practice good pedestrian behavior. 
  • Walk on sidewalks, stay out of the street, if you must walk in the street, face traffic and stay close to the edge of the road.
7. When crossing the street look left, right then left again.
  • Do the same thing at driveways and alleys, as well as crossing the street to load the bus.
  • Parents be sure to teach this behavior to children.
8. Don't let your child play running games or push & shove at bus stops.
  • It is very dangerous near traffic.
9. Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from
the  road. 
  • While waiting for the bus, the child will then be out of the way of traffic. Practice with your children so that they can become familiar with the 10 feet rule.
10.  Respect other pupils, residents, and property while waiting for the bus.