Be safe when heading back to school

When you meet your child at the bus stop, take charge of the situation. As the adult, you can reduce the risk for children and control the danger.

Walking to the bus stop
Ensure children know and use the safest route possible from home to and from the bus stop. Teach children how to safely cross the street and use pedestrian crosswalks and traffic-lighted intersections, where available. Students must present their bus passes to drivers when boarding buses.

Ensure children wear clothing that is easily visible to motorists. Children’s visibility is greatly improved when they have reflective tape or devices on their outerwear, book bags or other carried items.

Danger zones
Teach children to never cross in front of or behind a bus. Reinforce to children that traffic in Germany off post does not stop for loading and unloading of school buses.

Stress good behavior on the bus. On or around buses, students must conduct themselves in accordance with school bus rules.

Drivers beware
Drivers must stop when approaching or following school buses that are stopped to allow passengers to get on or off. Students should be aware this rule applies only on U.S. Forces-controlled property, so if their bus picks them up off post, they should not expect drivers to stop.

DoDEA behavior standards for students on buses

  • Obey the driver or adult
  • Enter and exit the bus safely, and always show your bus pass
  • Stay properly seated and use seat belts when available
  • Keep your hands and feet and other body parts to yourself
  • Do not throw things
  • Do not put anything out of the window
  • Remain quiet and do not disturb the driver or others
  • No profanity, indecency, smoking, prohibited items or vandalism
  • Do not eat, drink or chew gum
  • Be responsible and be safe