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School Bus Safety for Students

School bus transportation is pretty safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year, approximately 25 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn’t occur in a crash, but as the students were entering and exiting the bus. Consider posting these safety tips where students and staff can see them.

Play It Safe To And From School!

  • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
  • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
  • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are out away from the bus.
  • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
  • Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s okay to approach.
  • Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do.
  • Protect yourself and watch out!

Some Tips For Walkers

  • Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard. Never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
  • Walk your bike through intersections.
  • Walk with a buddy.
  • Wear reflective material. It makes you more visible to street traffic.

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