Fact Sheet: School Bus Safety

Safety tips for students:

  • Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.

  • Make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for his/her signal before crossing the street.

  • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street

  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.

  • Before leaving the sidewalk, look for the flashing red lights.

  • Never go near or under the bus to retrieve something you've dropped.

Safety tips for parents:

  • Have your child ride the school bus to and from school instead of driving or riding with teenage passengers.

  • Review the safety tips with your child regularly.

  • Get to know the parents of the other riders. You will learn about the other children who are riding along with your child.

  • Team up with other parents to get involved and monitor bus stops and bus routes. Voice concerns immediately to your school district.

  • Get to your school's transportation coordinator and your child's bus driver. He or she is a trained professional who sees your child every day.

  • Keep phone numbers handy in case the bus is delayed or in the event of an emergency.