By Chuck Taylor

Your child may be well-behaved in school, but it’s also important that they realize the school bus stop, and the bus itself, are no place for a free-for-all.

Whether they’ve already returned to school or not, it’s never too late to remind your children how they should behave on, or while waiting for the school bus.


Waiting for the School Bus

  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early.
    • Shorten or remove drawstrings or straps that can catch on the bus rail from clothing and backpacks.
    • Wear bright clothing and allow extra time to walk to the bus stop.
  • Stay out of the street while waiting for the bus.
    • Look for the flashing light system on the school bus.
    • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before moving toward the school bus to go on board.
  • When boarding or exiting the bus, stay in a single file line and hold onto the handrail.
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone.


While on the School Bus

  • Follow the bus rules while riding the bus.
  • While riding the bus, stay seated and facing forward.
  • Keep legs and feet in front of you and never stick your arms or head out of the bus window.
  • Remain seated at all times while the bus is moving.
  • Keep the school bus aisles clear. Place backpacks under the seat.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before getting out of your seat to exit the school bus.
  • Be courteous to the bus driver and other students.
  • Do not distract the driver by shouting or yelling.
  • Know where emergency exits are located and review evacuation procedures.


Exiting the School Bus

  • Stay out of the Danger Zone.
  • Stay out of the 10 foot area around the school bus.
  • Walk 10 giant steps in front of the school bus so the driver can see you.
  • Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT to see the traffic.
  • Make eye contact with the bus driver and wait for his signal before crossing in front of the bus.
  • DO NOT pick up anything that falls under the bus. Tell the driver if you drop anything.
  • NEVER walk behind the school bus.



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