School Bus Safety
The driver of and passengers on a school bus must work together to ensure their safety. This is a page about school bus safety
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More students are killed or injured getting on and off a school bus than while they're inside the bus. Make sure your students know how to get on and off the bus safely. Here's the general procedure:
- There is a 10-foot danger zone around the bus where children are especially vulnerable.
- Before the students get off at their stop, the driver will call them to the front of the bus. She will tell the students who are not crossing the street after unloading to go directly to their house and not to return to the bus. The students who are crossing the street after unloading must walk several feet forward to stand by the bus crossing gate and then look to the driver. When she sees that it is safe for them to cross the street, she will wave them across. If she sees any sudden danger, she will honk her horn and that means they must stop immediately and look to her for instruction. The driver will count the students as they exit the bus, and then count them again when they are outside and when crossing the street. When they are all safe, the bus driver will then check traffic and drive away.
- Loading is the reverse. The bus will stop about 10 feet from them. They will wait for the driver to wave them forward to the bus, and then they enter the bus single file. She will count them when they are standing outside and then again as they file in. They should sit in a seat and keep their belongings out of the aisles, securing them so they do not fly around in case of an accident.
- At a railroad crossing, the driver will tell the students to be quiet so she can check for approaching trains.
- In case of an accident, 2 older students will be trained to help evacuate the bus and help the driver and the other students.
These are just the general rules. You'll want to check with your school to be sure that you and your students know what's expected of them on their school bus this year. It's important information that they need to know.
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