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Bus Safety

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Keeping Children Safe/ School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety Tips for Children
  1. Want to be aware of what is happening around you?  It is important you remain alert at all times, don't listen to your MP3 players, text, talk on your cell phone or play handheld video games.  Also be careful when wearing your hood up, it makes it difficult to see around you.
  2. Be extra careful when crossing in front of the bus.
  3. Don’t wear clothes with toggles or dangling key chains.  They can get caught in the bus doors or on the handrail.
  4. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
  5. Don’t throw things inside the bus or out the windows.
  6. No eating or drinking on the bus
  7. Stay out of the “Danger Zone”—anywhere within 10 feet of the bus.
  8. Don’t ever try to get anything you left on the bus after you have already gotten off.  We’ll do our best to ensure personal property is returned.
  9. Don’t try to pick up anything dropped underneath the bus—things can be replaced, children can’t.
  10. Always follow the driver’s directions about how to cross the street. Be alert to traffic, look both ways, and always walk in front of the bus.
Tips for an Enjoyable School Bus Ride
  1. Know your driver’s name and your bus number to be sure you are boarding the right bus.
  2. Be courteous and respectful to your driver.  Safely getting children to and from school is a tremendous responsibility that drivers take very seriously.
  3. Choose a bus “buddy” ahead of time so when you get on the bus you recognize a familiar face.
  4. Have fun with your friends but don’t be loud or get out of your seat; it distracts your driver.
  5. Be courteous to fellow riders.  If a student repeatedly bothers you, tell your bus driver.  Bus drivers are there to help.
Related Links
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
    Our mission. Save lives, prevent injury, reduce vehicle-related crashes.
  • Emergency Road Situations 
    This link is to the New York State Department of Transportation's 511NY "Get Connected To Go" website. 511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel information resource including alerts and traffic conditions.