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.
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.