The greatest risk to your child is not riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one. Before your child goes back to school or starts school for the first time, it’s important for you and your child to know traffic safety rules. Teach your child to follow these practices to make school bus transportation safer.
Safety Starts at the Bus Stop
- Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb.
- Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
Get On and Off Safely
- When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door.
- Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.
Use Caution Around the Bus
- Your child should never walk behind a school bus.
- If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing.
- Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her.
- If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.