With school becoming routine, we want to remind everyone to be safe and patient around school buses.
For bus riders:
- Always be alert when boarding and exiting the bus.
- Look both ways when crossing the street – cars can appear seemingly out of nowhere and the best way to remain safe is to stay alert and minimize any distractions when crossing.
- Always wear your mask.
- Refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.
- Stay seated.
- If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. Tell the driver instead.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- Do not chase the bus.
- Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.
For car drivers:
- Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
- Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
- Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state, as well as the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
- Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
- Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again (provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Remember: Safety is Year Round! Thank you!