Kids and School Buses

For a big number of kids, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. It might cause you worries that your child must use the school bus, but you should know that if you prepare him well, you have no cause to worry! Your child should know some very important safety rules, so teach him the following:

-    Stay at least 10 feet away from the bus; wait until it stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s ok, before stepping onto the bus. Make sure you get on one at a time!
-    When crossing the street in front of the bus take 5 big steps out then make sure the driver sees you and signals that it’s ok to cross.
-    Do not cross the road behind the bus. The driver might not see you.
-    Use the handrails to avoid falls while getting on and out the bus.
-    When exiting the bus, be careful that the clothing with drawstrings and bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrail or bus door.
-    If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

It is also important for kids to know that their behavior inside the bus is as important as getting on and out the bus. It is crucial to listen to the bus driver in case there are any special instructions for the ride. Kids should sit quietly in their seats and speak quietly to other kids. Activities such as jumping, fighting, teasing the passengers and making a lot of noise, can bother the bus driver and distract him from driving.

With this proper preparation, be sure that your child will be safe during his school rides. Remember, if you notice anything wrong concerning the bus driver, for example stopping in a dangerous place, you should directly talk to the school office to fix the problem.