The DANGER ZONE is the area immediately surrounding the school bus. It extends up to 30 feet in front and 10 feet behind the bus, and 10 feet from the sides. The area of greatest danger is immediately in front of the front bumper and right rear wheel. Teach students "If you can touch the bus, you are TOO CLOSE," and "If you can't see the driver as you cross the street in front of the bus, you are TOO CLOSE."
Students should always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus. Students should wait for the driver's signal to cross. Students should look both ways for traffic before crossing the street, and never stop to pick up anything that falls in front of the bus bumper or wheels. Students should always watch for moving vehicles when exiting a stopped school bus. Vehicles do not always stop for a school bus with red lights flashing, even though it is the law.
Tips for Getting On & Off the Bus
- Wait for the bus driver’s signal to cross. Concerned parents who wait at bus stops with children are a tremendous asset.
- Warn children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, tell the bus driver & follow his instructions. If they bend down to pick up an object, they might not be seen by the driver. Loading & unloading is the most dangerous time.
- Never cross behind the bus or where the driver can’t see you.
- Follow your school’s procedures if you have an emergency and would like your child to get on or off at a stop other than the one assigned. The driver isn’t allowed to let a child board or get off the bus at another stop without permission from supervisors.
- If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street & forget the safety rules.
- Never chase the school bus. Should a child miss the bus, instruct them to return home (mornings) or return to campus office (afternoon) to make other transportation arrangements.