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School Bus Safety

For millions of students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Unfortunately, many children are injured and several are killed each year in school bus incidents. 

Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely om them to do so. The National Safety Council encourages parents to teach their children these rules for getting on and  off the school bus.


Have a Safe Year!

Getting On the bus

When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic.

Do not stray into streets, alleys or private property.

line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches.

Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway.

Getting off the bus

If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead if the bus along the side of the road until you can turn around and see the driver.

Make sure that the driver can see you.

wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross.

when the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.

Stay away from the wheels of the bus at all times.

Crossing the street

Children should always stop at the curb or the edge of the road and look left, then right and then left again before crossing. They should continue looking in the manner until they are safe across the street. Source: National Safety Council

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