School Bus Safety Tips

students on school bus

Tips for a Safe Ride

School buses are the safest way for students to travel. The American School Bus Council offers the following tips:

 

At the Bus Stop:

  • Arrive early at the bus stop – at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
  • Stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb while waiting for the bus
  • Supervise young children

 

Around the Bus

  • Cross in front of the bus – at least 10 feet (or five giant steps) – and make eye contact with the driver before crossing
  • Never walk behind the bus
  • If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up; tell the bus driver instead

 

Getting On/Off the Bus

  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus or standing up on the bus
  • Use the handrail
  • Secure any loose or hanging objects like straps on a backpack or drawstrings on a hood

 

Behavior on the Bus:

  • Buckle up if seat belts are available
  • Stay in your seat keeping head, arms and papers inside the bus, and talk quietly
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags