Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Bus Safety for Parents

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Student Well-Being

Students will be going back to school before we know it. Now is the perfect time to remind students’ families about bus safety tips to ensure students arrive to school on-time, unharmed, and ready to learn.

We compiled the below list of bus safety tips. We encourage you to share them with students’ families before the school year starts.

  • Arrive early. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that students arrive to their bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stay back. The NHTSA also recommends students stay 6-feet away from the curb when waiting at the bus stop.
  • Behave. The bus stop is not a place to run or play. The National Security Council advises students not stray onto the street or into alleys or private property.
  • Get on and off the bus safely. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, and the driver says it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Also, use the handrails when using the stairs.
  • Stay visible while crossing. The NHTSA warns students should never walk behind a school bus. If a student must cross the street, it should be done at least 10 feet in front of the bus so the driver can see the student. Students should also look both ways before crossing. According to a study conducted by NHTSA and the Department of Transportation, more school-age pedestrians have been killed during the hour before and after school than any other time of day. Students should not rely on drivers to stop for school busses loading or unloading passengers, even though they are required to by law.
  • Communicate. If a student drops something near the bus, he or she should tell the bus driver right away instead of simply picking it up. This ensures the driver knows where the student is and he or she can be seen.

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