Safety on the School Bus

The trusty old school bus has been a saving grace to parents to assist in transporting their children to school safely. It’s important to teach your children the importance of riding safely in a school bus and to understand and be aware of their surrounding when in and around a school bus. Rules to Teach Your Children About the School Bus:

  • Always wear your safety belt. Teach your child the importance of wearing a seat belt in any type vehicle – even if their friends are other people in the vehicle aren’t wearing them. “It’s cool to buckle up.”
  • Stay seated until the bus arrives at desired destination. Explain to your child that they need to remain buckled and seated until the bus driver announces that it is safe for the children to unbuckle their seat belts and exit the bus.
  • Don’t stand too close to the road when the bus picks you up. Teach your child that they need to stand far enough away from the curb while the bus drives near to him or her. This will prevent your child or another from falling in front of the bus as it arrives. Also make sure they know to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before boarding it.
  • Don’t walk close to the front of the bus when walking past it. Tell your child to walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus before crossing in front of it. Make sure the bus driver can see your child and your child can see the bus driver in the window.
  • Don’t walk behind the bus. Due to blind spots that prevent the bus driver from being able to possibly see your child, teach your child to never walk behind the bus. Explain this to your child so they understand how unsafe this is.

Teaching your child these rules of the school bus will prevent your child from being injured or hurt on or around the bus. The more informed they are, the more they will become aware of their everyday surroundings to make wise safety decisions. Please share this with anyone you know who has children that ride the bus…we believe that sharing is caring!