Safety Tips for Bus Riders

    Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.

    Form a line - Don't push or shove; you'll get on the bus eventually. If you have to cross the street while the bus is stopped, cross carefully. (Even though motorists are supposed to stop for a school bus, they often don't, and you could be hurt.) Move along - Step quickly and use the handrail when you are entering the bus. Watch your step. Sit down. - Go directly to your seat and sit down. Don't wait for a friend to get on before you take a seat.

    Be Quiet - The driver needs your help and he may have trouble concentrating if there is too much commotion in the bus. Stay in your seat. Keep the aisles clear - Nothing...books, bags, legs, arms or bodies... should block the aisle. Do not stand in the aisle. If the driver is forced to make a quick stop, you could be thrown around and hurt yourself and others. Everything inside - If the driver lets you open the windows, keep your hands, arms and head inside. Don't throw things out of the windows. No pets allowed - Animals, including pets on leashes, in boxes or in cages are not allowed on the bus. Share your seat - Don't save a spot for a friend, but keep the seat open for anyone who wants to sit down. (You'll have plenty of time to talk to your friends once you get to school.)

    Look to the rear of the bus before you step off the bottom step. Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors. Take (five giant steps) straight out the bus door, and out of the danger zone. Make sure you have eye contact with the driver, and wait for the driver to signal you before you cross in front of the bus. Never go back for anything you have left on the bus. Never bend down near or under the bus. Never walk behind the bus. Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

    Cross at the corner; Look left, right, and left again before crossing; Watch in particular for turning cars; Stay in the crosswalks; If there is a traffic light, cross only when the facing light is green or when the walk sign is on; and always follow the directions of the crossing guard or safety patrol