Important Safety Rules for Students Riding School Buses
Bright yellow school buses are a familiar sight to all students. Eventually, most students will ride a school bus, either to school, to attend special programs or events, or as part of a sporting activity. Before your child rides a bus this school year, please discuss the following safety rules with him or her:
- Leave some extra time in the morning to get to your bus stop on time. Be at the stop about five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
- Wear bright clothing or consider putting reflectors on jackets and backpacks so you can be seen easily in the early morning or late afternoon when the sky is gray.
- Wear raincoats in colors other than yellow so you won't blend in with the yellow school bus.
- Dress propely. Warm clothes, hats, mittens and boots will keep you from getting sick in cold weather.
- Remember to take your book bags and keep all papers inside.
- Ask an adult to drive you to school when you have a science project or have to carry an object that will prevent you from seeing where you are going or from concentrating on safety.
- Look carefully before crossing the street. Make sure there are no cars coming from either direction.
- Stand away from where the bus stops. Remember, buses need extra room to stop when there is snow or ice on the roads.
- Keep all radios or boom boxes at home.
- Keep all pets in the house before school to prevent them from following you or getting hit by a bus or car. Remember pets (or any live animal) are not allowed on the buses.
- Don't push, shove or play around the bus stop. Someone could slide or fall in the path of the bus.
- Don't stoop to pick up papers or other objects when a bus is approaching a stop. Make sure you can be seen by the driver.
- Don't linger or play at the bus stop.
- Don't throw objects at other students or at the bus.