School Bus Stop Safety Tips

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It’s back to school time throughout Columbus and surrounding areas.

Many Columbus area kids take a bus to school. And as any parent knows, a bus stop is part of the morning and afternoon ritual for their children.

Since safety is a big issue for us here at Sterling Protective Services, we combed National Safety Council and others for their tips for school bus stop safety. Here’s the advice to give your kids:

Three tips your kids must know:

  • Always walk in front of the bus when it is stopped so the driver can see you.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • Remain 10 steps from the bus. This way the bus driver should always be able to see you.

At the bus stop:

  • Always walk to the bus stop. Don’t run.
  • Walk to the bus stop on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Get to the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Don’t run and play. Wait for the bus in a safe place away from the road.
  • Never speak to strangers at a bus stop.
  • Never get in a car with a stranger at the bus stop, no matter what the reason they give you. Go straight home if this happens and tell your parents or caregiver.
  • Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before attempting to board.
  • Use the handrail when boarding.

On the bus:

  • Go directly to a seat.
  • Face forward at all times.
  • If seatbelts are available, buckle up.
  • Talk quietly so as not to distract the bus driver.
  • If you must talk with the bus driver, wait for the bus to stop and raise your hand.
  • Don’t run, play or throw things.
  • Don’t put your body parts out of the window.
  • Don’t play with the emergency exits.
  • Keep the aisle clear at all times.
  • If the bus driver asks you to do something, do it.
  • In the event of an emergency, follow the instructions of the bus driver.
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up to exit the bus.

When exiting the bus:

  • Use the handrail when exiting.
  • Walk straight out the exit until you are ten feet from the bus.
  • Only get off at your designated stop.
  • Go straight home after you get off the bus so everyone knows you are OK.
  • If you leave something on the bus, tell the bus driver. Also, if you drop something near the bus, tell the driver before you try to pick it up so they don’t allow the bus to start moving.

We want your kids to be safe at the bus stop. Teach them these bus stop safety tips today!

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