Bus Safety Tips

boy crossing in front of bus

Parents, keep your kids safe on their way to school! School buses are considered a safer way to get to school than individual cars. That's mostly because they are highly visible and have extra safety features.

But school bus dangers still exist. Read over the following tips with your children to make sure they know how to stay safe around a bus!

  1. A parent should take the child to where the bus will be picking up the child and explain that where the child should wait for the bus (at least six feet away from the curb).

  2. Your child should arrive at the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  3. Remind your child the bus stop area is not an area to play.

  4. When the school bus arrives, your child should not approach the bus until it is completely stopped and the driver has opened the doors.

  5. Children should use the handrails whenever they are getting on or off the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the doors.

  6. Your child should never walk behind the school bus.

  7. If the child needs to cross the street they should do so ten feet in front of the bus. Your child should make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing.

  8. If your child drops something such as a book or a jacket, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver before trying to pick the item up. This will ensure the driver knowing where the child is.

  9. Remind your child to stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.

  10. Your child should keep their back packs and books out of the aisles.

  11. Children should be reminded not to put head, arms or hands out the windows.