Parents should take a few minutes to educate their family about school bus safety. School bus injuries occur as children enter and exit the school bus, or sudden stops while driving. Education is key to preventing childhood injury while commuting to and from school.

  • Have a safe place for your children to wait for the bus. It should be away from traffic and the street.
  • Have your children stay a safe distance from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver signals your child to enter. Two to three giant steps away from the curb are usually adequate.
  • When entering the bus, your child should go directly to a seat and remain seated and facing forward during the entire ride.
  • When being dropped off, children should exit the bus and walk ten "giant" steps away from the bus. They should keep a safe distance between them and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see your child best when they are back away from the bus.
  • Instruct your child to always use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
  • Your child should always be aware to the street traffic around them. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do!
  • Your child should never go behind the bus.
  • Children should always be taught to cross the street at corners and crosswalks. If they need to cross the road while the bus is stopped, when safe to do so, your child should always cross the street in front of the bus, so the driver can see them.
  • Should your child drop something near the bus, they should always tell the driver before attempting to pick it up.
  • Your child should always follow directions from the driver while getting on and off, and while riding in the bus.
  • Place their contact information in their backpack or lunchbox. If they get confused, scared or forget their stop, the bus driver can quickly help them.
  • If at any time your child is unsure, or requires assistance for any reason, they can ask the bus driver for assistance.

    Fortunately, incidents resulting in injuries are infrequent and usually minor. Taking a few minutes to educate young children starting school for the first time, or reinforcing the safety information with older children can help keep them safe and prevent injuries.

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