Caregivers should teach children appropriate school bus safety rules prior to putting children on a school bus. Practice these rules with children to ensure everyone knows and understands them.
At the Bus Stop:
- Stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb while waiting for the bus.
- Supervise young children.
Around the Bus
- Cross in front of the bus – at least 10 feet (or five giant steps) – and make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up; tell the bus driver instead.
Getting On/Off the Bus
- Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus or standing up on the bus.
- Use the handrail.
- Secure any loose or hanging objects like straps on a backpack or drawstrings on a hood.
Behavior on the Bus:
- Buckle up if seat belts are available.
- Stay in your seat keeping your head, arms, and papers inside the bus, and talk quietly.
- Keep aisles clear of books and bags.
SPECIAL NEEDS: The school bus can be incredibly intimidating to some children with special needs. It can be loud, bumpy, and might take a detour or an unexpected turn. This can be very upsetting to some children with special needs. Teachers should know their students, implement a Transportation Safety Plan if needed, provide an assistant if needed, and incorporate transportation needs on the student’s IEP.
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