• 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.