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Bus Safety Rules

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Lockridge homeschools her children and holds an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction, an MS in Elementary Education, and a BA in History.

Back-To-School Tips for Kids Riding the Bus

School is in full swing in some parts of the country, and with that comes those dreaded bus stops and bus rides to school. Although you can keep your kids safe (for the most part) while you drive them to school, you have to rely on your kids and the bus driver to keep your child safe on the bus since there is often no adult supervision at the bus stops, and not enough supervision on the actual bus.

So just what safety tips should you pass along to your kids? Read on for a few important safety rules.

  • Don’t roughhouse around at the bus stop; buses and cars can’t always see you, especially during the dark morning hours
  • Don’t get close to the bus until it has fully stopped, and the bus driver has opened the door.
  • Always use the handrails when getting on and off the bus.
  • Keep the aisles of the bus clear from bags and books, you don’t want to create a tripping hazard for other passengers.
  • Don’t put your arms, head or anything else out the windows of the bus while it is moving.
  • Stay seated while the bus is moving, and don’t get too loud. Sudden movement or noises may distract the bus driver and cause an accident.
  • Always walk in front of the bus — never behind it — keeping about 10 feet between you and the bumper. Imagine 10 feet as being the width of your bedroom or at least 10 huge steps away from the front. The bus driver can’t see you if you stand too close to the bus.

School bus safety is an important inside the bus as it is outside.
School bus safety is an important inside the bus as it is outside. | Source

No one likes to be a stick-in-the-mud, but setting a few ground rules and routines for safety at the bus stop not only keeps your child safe, but it ultimately could safe the life of your student's friend or a classmate.

For more tips on school bus safety, check out the short video below. Show it to your child, or present it to the kids in your classroom, either way, it helps hone their understanding of the importance of riding a bus.

Video on Bus Safety

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    • Diane Lockridge profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane Lockridge 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I agree Mcham Law, the troublemakers shouldn't have the privelidge of riding the bus.

    • Mcham Law profile image

      Mcham Law 

      6 years ago from Round Rock, Texas

      a lot of buses have cameras now. it's a great idea. but someone needs to review the footage and pull the kids that are bullying off the buses and punish them. Not allowing them to ride or making them sit in special seats would be a good start.

    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      The school bus has always been a problem for my family... but it's not because my son doesn't follow the rules. First of all, the bus drivers we've had are, for the most part, nasty old men who seem to hate children. Our situation was so bad that a group of 11 parents in tandem went to our school and demanded a new driver. The new driver was almost as bad. Further, school bullies are in their glory in this situation. My son was bullied so much that I changed my work schedule to drive him to school. I think your hub is great for parents who want to teach safety to their own children... but how can children stay in their seats when others are pouring juice on them and hitting them with backpacks. Half the kids, the children whose parents don't parent, make the bus trip so unsafe that the drop off lanes at my son's school look like the George Washington Bridge before a Yankee game. Reps from our district keep telling us that we should allow our kids to take the bus to school to end traffic problems in the morning... but I think the administration should ride the bus in the morning for a few weeks... or put cameras on the buses.

      your hub is well written and sorry to vent.

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