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Back to School Safety - children getting off of school bus and entering school

Bus Riders - children getting on school bus

  • Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus
  • Arrive at the bus stop early
  • Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches
  • If seat belts are available, buckle up
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing
  • Do not cross in front of the bus if possible, or walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the other drivers 

Drivers - sideview of vehicle with two children walking holding hands in foreground

  • Don't block crosswalks
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Never pass a bus, change lanes or make U-turns while driving in a school zone
  • Always stop for school buses loading or unloading children
  • All vehicles must stop if no physical divider is present
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus

Walkers - young boys walking and smiling

  • Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car
  • Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at crosswalks when available
  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
  • Do not walk while using headphones 

Bike Riders - children riding bicycles with helmets and backpacks on

  • Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly
  • Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across
  • Watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning
  • Wear bright-colored clothing