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