If you’re a parent of a school-age child or children, it’s a safe assumption that mornings are busy. Getting kids up, dressed, fed and out the door on time is a monumental task, and that doesn’t include getting yourself ready for the day, taking care of pets, morning chores, and more. What parents have time for bus safety in the morning?
Reinforcing school bus safety doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task! By spending a few minutes on preparation and education, you’ll help to ensure that your children enjoy a safe, pleasant ride to school every day. Just follow these easy steps:
Before leaving for the bus stop
Dress children in bright-colored clothing so they’ll be more visible to bus drivers and others on the road. Pack all school books, papers and supplies in a single, labeled backpack so they don’t accidentally drop anything in the street. Most importantly, leave home on time so kids arrive at the bus stop with at least five minutes to spare.
On the way to the bus stop
Walk with children – especially younger kids – or encourage children to walk together in groups. Walk on the sidewalk when possible, and cross the street on crosswalks after looking left and right. If there aren’t sidewalks, walk single-file as close to the edge of the road as possible.
At the bus stop
Encourage children to wait calmly, several feet away from the road (but not out of sight of the bus driver). If a child drops something while getting on the bus, remind them not to pick it up – doing so could cause the driver to lose visibility of the child. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow instructions.
When kids are getting off the bus, remind them to look right before they step to the ground. If you meet your child at the bus stop, do so on the side where the bus drops them off instead of across the street.
On the bus
If a child is allowed to use a mobile device, remind them to place it on mute or to use headphones. Music or other noise could distract the driver. Also, devices should be shut off and stored when children are getting on and off the bus or walking in traffic to avoid a distraction-related accident.
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