Safety tips for students

  • Leave plenty of time to get to the bus stop. Don’t rush.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Listening to your music player, talking on your phone or playing handheld video games may lead to distractions and potential injury.

  • Be aware of moving traffic.

  • Don’t wear a hood as it makes it more difficult to hear and see traffic.

  • Never cross close to the front of the bus, and make sure the driver can see you.

  • Wait to cross the street until the driver lets you know it’s OK.

  • If you must cross the street in front of the bus, follow the driver’s directions, and stop and look before you cross.

  • Never run across a street, it’s better to miss the bus than rush and risk being hit by a car.

  • Never run after a bus or bang on the side.

  • Stay away from the rear and sides of the bus. Always be in a safe place where the driver can see you.

  • Don’t pick up anything you drop near the bus. The driver may not see you. Instead, ask the driver for help.

  • If your parent meets you at the bus stop, make sure he or she waits on the same side of the street where you will be dropped off so you won’t have to cross the street.

  • Be cautious of clothing or backpacks with drawstrings, toggles or key chains that can get caught on the bus handrails and doors.

  • Find a seat and sit down as soon as you’re on the bus.

  • Be courteous and respectful to your driver. Listen to directions.

  • Don’t put your head, arms, papers or anything out the window.