Safety Tips for Students Riding a Bus
- Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, stand away from the curb and line up away from the street.
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least ten (10) feet ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
- Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- After you get off the bus, walk at least ten (10) feet away from the side of the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
- On the bus, children should talk quietly, be courteous to the driver and follow the driver's
instructions. They should stay seated during the entire bus ride and keep the aisles clear.
Safety Tips for Students Walking to School or a Bus Stop
- Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and use intersections with crossing guards. Always know the safest route.
- Cross the street in a designated crosswalk.
- Be extra careful in rainy, foggy, or snowy weather.
- Always look left, then right, then left again before crossing a street and allow enough time to cross the street safely.
- Know your home phone number and address, parent/guardians’ work numbers, the number of another trusted adult, and how to use 911 for emergencies.
- Never talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers.