15 Oct 4 Important Safety Tips for Children for National School Bus Safety Week
Be Smart, Be Seen – I wait in a safe place! is the theme for the 2015 National School Bus Safety Week, which officially kicks off this coming Monday (Oct. 19th).1 Spearheaded by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), School Bus Safety Week is a time for students, parents, educators, motorists and regulators to come together to:
- Promote bus safety
- Educate children about bus stop/school bus safety
- Minimize the risk of school bus accidents in the U.S.
- Protect children and save lives, as research indicates that school bus accidents kill about 9 students and injure at least 17,000 others annually.
In support of this effort, below, we have pointed out some of the most important school bus safety tips to share with children (and regularly go over with them to ensure these tips are always top of mind for bus passengers).
Essential School Safety Tips for Children
- Waiting at the bus stop – Plan on arriving at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. As you wait:
- Stand at least 6 feet away from where the bus usually stops (children can measure this distance by taking about 3 to 4 huge steps).
- Avoid distractions and horseplay when waiting for the bus, especially if the bus stop is located on a busy street.
- Boarding/getting off of the bus – About 25 percent of the injuries children suffer in school bus accidents occur when getting on or off of the bus. So, when boarding/alighting school buses:
- Always wait to proceed until the driver has come to a full stop and has indicated that it is OK to board or get off of the bus.
- Use the handrails when entering or stepping off of the bus.
- When leaving the bus, make sure to walk at least 6 feet away from the vehicle (again, about 3 to 4 giant steps).
- Avoid all distractions when boarding/getting off of the bus.
- Crossing the street – Kids are the victims of about 1 in 5 pedestrian accidents. One of the main reasons for this is that many children (especially younger kids) are not familiar with pedestrian safety/how to safely cross the street. So, for kids crossing the street to get to or leave the bus:
- Always look left, right and then left again before crossing.
- Never cross unless or until you have the right-of-way (a green light for pedestrians), there are no vehicles approaching and the drivers in the vicinity see you.
- Never cross the street behind the bus.
- Around the bus – At any point when children may be waiting around the bus:
- Never climb under the bus, even if you drop something on the ground. Instead, tell the driver and take direction from him or her.
- Pay attention to what is going on.
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1: NAPT Announcement about National School Bus Safety Week