School bus safety begins and ends at home


Photo by Shayna BroukerStudents get off of a school bus on the first day of school, Aug. 31. School bus safety is the responsibility of everyone and begins and ends at home.

Photo by Shayna Brouker
Students get off of a school bus on the first day of school, Aug. 31. School bus safety is the responsibility of everyone and begins and ends at home.

School bus safety is every parent’s responsibility. Only you can keep your children ready. Follow these guidelines now and throughout the school year:

• Look at and know your children’s route to and from the bus stop.
• Show your children how to go safely to and from the bus stop. Use hands-on instruction.
• Stress good behavior on the bus. Good behavior and safety go hand-in-hand.
• Report your safety concerns to the school bus office.

Children, particularly in kindergarten through second grade, need your supervision to keep them safe. Please take them to and from the bus stop. Wait with them until they have safely boarded the bus.


When they return from school, meet them on the same side of the street at the bus stop; do not wait in a parked car or building, nor allow your child to come to you.

Some other important facts you should know are: In Europe, traffic does not stop for loading and unloading school buses. Teach your children this life-saving rule: Never cross the street in front of or behind the bus.

Children are at the greatest risk for accidents and injuries going to and from the bus stop. Review the below five basic bus safety rules with your children, and then follow-up and reinforce them.

1. Be on time. Walk, do not run to the bus stop.
2. When waiting for the bus, take at least three large steps away from the curb.
3. Take your seat on the bus and stay in it while the bus is moving. If there are seat belts, buckle up.
4. When getting off the bus, take three large steps away from the curb and wait for the bus to depart before crossing the street.
5. Never cross the street in front of or behind the bus.