School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. NSC urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding.

 

Getting on the Bus:


When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness

 


Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property

 


Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches

 


Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus

 


Use the handrail when boarding

 

Behavior on the Bus:


If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up

 


Don't speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver

 


Stay in your seat

 


Don't put your head, arms or hands out the window

 


Keep aisles clear of books and bags

 


Get your belongings together before reaching your stop

 


Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat

 

Getting Off the Bus:


Use the handrail when exiting

 


If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver

 


Make sure the driver can see you

 


Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing

 


When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes

 


If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you

 


Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe

 


Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times