National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Bus Stop Safety
Safety starts at the bus stop.
Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop with your child so you can show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.
Get on and off safely.
When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.
Use caution around the bus.
Your child should never walk behind the school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell your child to walk on a sidewalk or along the side of the street, to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing, to make sure the driver can see your child. If your child ever drops something, like a ball or book, near the school bus, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick the item up because the driver might not be able to see your child.
School Bus Safety Can Be Fun
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.