School Bus Safety
School bus safety is a reality when everyone involved takes an active role in educating themselves and our students. Teachers, parents, administrators, transportation personnel, and roadside companions all play an important part in keeping our children sage while one or around the school bus.
Safety Tips for Students
Safety Tips for Drivers on the Road
- Be aware of school zone signage and reduce speed in school zones during posted hours.
- Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
- Always try to make eye contact with children who are waiting to cross the road.
- Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
- Stop when a Crossing Guard enters the street to control traffic. Wait till you are given the clearance to move.
- Never try to pass a bus that has stopped to let children off. Wait until the stop sign on the side of the bus has been retracted before proceeding.
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Better yet, walk around your car or out to the sidewalk to check for any children walking in your path before you get in.
- Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also be aware of children playing or waiting around bus stops.
- Be alert and aware on the road. While children are typically taught about looking both ways, they could dart into the street without looking if they are late or distracted.
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the "flashing signal light system"
that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving ag