WALKING TO THE BUS STOP
– Choose the safest route to the bus stop.
– Walk the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.
– Look left, right and left again for traffic before and while crossing the street.
– Do not enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs.
– Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk.
WAITING FOR THE BUS
– Stay out of the street and avoid horseplay.
– Arrive at the stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
– Always wait for parents on the same side of the street as the school bus loading/unloading zone.
ON THE BUS
– Remain seated at all times and keep the aisles clear.
– Do not throw objects.
– Do not shout or distract the driver unnecessarily.
– Keep head and arms inside the bus at all times.
BOARDING AND EXITING THE BUS
– Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before exiting.
– Walk in a single file line when boarding the bus.
– Use the handrail to avoid falls.
– Be aware of the driver’s blind spot (10 feet around the bus) when walking away from the bus.
– Cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus.
– Never pick up items that fell under the bus. Instead, ask the bus driver for help.
– Remove loose drawstrings or ties on jackets and sweatshirts and replace with Velcro, snaps or buttons.
– In preparation for the new school year, the American Automobile Association has launched its 75th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign. As part of the campaign, AAA provides these tips for drivers:
– Slow down in or near school or residential areas, and be sure to come to a complete stop at all intersections.
– Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds which indicate children could be in the area.
– Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.
– Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading students. It’s the law.
– Leave a little early so you are not rushed as you travel to work or school.
– Drive with your headlights on – even during the day – so children and other drivers can see you.
These tips were provided by the SAFE KIDS Coalition