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Bus Safety

Walking to the bus stop and waiting for the bus produces hazards which can be avoided by:
1. Allowing enough time to walk to the bus stop without running or hurrying.
2. Arriving at the bus stop about 5 minutes before the time the bus usually arrives
3. Walking on the left facing traffic where there is no sidewalk.
4. Waiting well off the road (at least one car length) and not playing in such a way that someone might be pushed into the road or be     forced to run into the road.
5. Looking out for younger children because they do not recognize dangers.
6. Not leaving young children unattended at the bus stop (adults or older students, age 12+, should be with younger children).
7. Parents teaching their children not to talk with any strangers who approach them at the bus stop and to run away from the bus stop and scream if they feel threatened by anyone.
8. Encouraging children to report any suspicious cars or strangers they may see to the bus driver.

While the safety of our school children is a primary concern, the school system does not have a legal responsibility for a child until the child actually boards the bus. The State requires that established bus stops be at least two/tenths of a mile apart; therefore, the school system cannot have bus stops located in front of each house. In some instances, students cannot be seen at a bus stop from their home; therefore, the best advice is that someone should accompany and remain with young children.

Entering and Exiting The Bus
Most school bus related accidents resulting in injury or death occur when going to and from the school bus. The combined factors of a stopped vehicle on the road and a pedestrian make exiting the school bus especially dangerous. Children can be injured when exiting at school as well as at the bus stop. The following safety steps can reduce chances of injury.

When entering the school bus, your child should:
1. Line up when the bus arrives with the younger children in the front.
2. Step up to the bus only after it has completely stopped and the door has opened.
3. Cross the road safely when it is necessary to cross the road to board the bus.  Follow these steps:

   a. Wait until the bus has completely stopped.

   b. Look both ways making sure all vehicles have stopped.
   c. Walk, do not run, across the road.

   d. Cross 15 steps in front of the bus in full view of the driver.

4. Do not push or shove while waiting to board the bus.
5. Hold the handrail when stepping up because it is easy to lose one's balance carrying
books, etc.

When exiting the school bus, your child should:
1. Remain seated until the bus has completely stopped.
2. Those in the front should be allowed to get off first. Walk in single file.
3. Use the handrail when stepping off and move quickly away from the bus. Children Have been crushed under the wheels of the bus when they have fallen near the steps.
4. If something is dropped, wait until the bus has moved completely away before trying to get it.
5. If is necessary to cross the street when leaving the bus, these steps should be followed:

   a. Tell the bus driver that you are crossing.
   b. Take 15 steps up in front of the bus before starting to cross because the driver cannot see the road directly in front of the bus.
   c. Check for traffic. Cars are required by law to stop when a school bus is unloading on the road; but is is up to the child to make sure there is no traffic.
   d. Walk, do not run.

Passenger Behavior on the School Bus:
1. Take a seat immediately after boarding and remain seated throughout the trip.
2. Passengers should never stand in the doorwell.
3. Keep feet, books, and other belongings out of the aisle.
4. Keep the bus clean. Don't eat or drink on the bus. Scraps of food and paper make the aisle slippery.
5. Do not block the view of the bus driver.
6. Keep your head and arms inside the bus at all times.
7. Talk quietly to your friends so as to not distract the bus driver.
8. Do not play with the emergency door. It could come open and cause someone to fall out.
9. Be courteous to your school bus driver and follow his/her instructions.

Every child who rides a school bus must be a responsible rider. Children should follow all school bus safety practices and respect the authority of the bus driver. A thorough understanding of school bus safety rules improves the teamwork necessary between riders and the bus driver.

We want your children to be safe when they travel to and from school. As you help us teach these rules, we hope you will see that school bus safety begins at home.
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