Schools will look different this year, with some students returning to the classroom and others learning from home. After a long absence, school buses will soon resume their routes – and provide a sense of the familiar as families adjust to a “new normal.”
Whether they’re at the bus stop or on board, these safety tips can help ensure our community’s students get to school – and back home – safely.
Sharing the Road
Keep these rules in mind:
- Watch for children gathered at bus stops or walking to them. Be especially careful around younger students who may be playing or distracted.
- Obey the speed limit in school zones.
- NEVER pass a stopped school bus when it is picking up or dropping off passengers. This applies to drivers approaching from either direction.
- Remember that yellow flashing lights indicate that a bus is preparing to stop – and that you should do the same.
- Stop when you see red flashing lights and extended STOP arms, and don’t resume driving until the bus starts driving again.
- Watch for bus riders crossing the street after disembarking.
Keeping Kids Safe
In addition to wearing their face masks, remind children to do the following:
- Wait for the bus at least three big steps (about 6 feet) away from the curb/street.
- Stay alert, especially when waiting near busy streets.
- Wait until the bus stops completely, and the driver says it’s safe to board.
- NEVER walk behind a bus. If you must cross the street, do it at least five big steps (around 10 feet) in front of the bus and let the bus driver know first.
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