To help ensure your child’s safety discuss the following topics with them:
· The route your child is to take to and from the bus stop
· The assigned bus number and bus stop
· That they should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up time
· Appropriate bus stop behavior and bus rules
· What to do if the bus is more than 15 minutes late
· What to do if no one is home when they get there in the afternoon
· What to do if they miss the bus
· Have your child tell the driver if he(she) is on the wrong bus or doesn’t know where to go
· Have you child tell the driver if they are having problems on the bus
If possible, walk your child to the bus stop and wait until the bus arrives.
Have children stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
Teach students to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching and never cross behind the bus.
If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
Instruct students to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door.