School Bus Safety Tips

Posted on 11/05/2018
Bus Safety TipsPromoting the importance of school bus safety to parents, educators and children is a top priority of
the American School Bus Council (ASBC). As the unified voice of the school bus industry, the
ASBC offers the following safety information for parents, school administrators and children.
• The National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other authorities
agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from
• Some 475,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s
schoolchildren — each day, rarely with any serious accident.
• Safety features including the color and size of school buses, height, reinforced sides, flashing red
lights, cross view mirrors, and crossing and stop sign arms ensure children are protected and
secure on and off the bus.
• School bus drivers are highly trained professionals who have your child’s safety in mind. They
receive specialized training in student behavior management, loading and unloading, security and
emergency medical procedures.
• Drivers participate in pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing, as well as frequent
driving record checks, and submit to background checks and periodic medical exams to keep
their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a School Bus Endorsement.
• The school bus industry operates by a set of safety, security, health and driver qualification
guidelines that meet, and in some cases exceed, federal and state laws, and ensure that school
buses are the safest mode of transportation for our nation’s schoolchildren.
Safety tips for students:
• Be alert to traffic. Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus.
• Make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for his/her signal before crossing the street.
• Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street.
• While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
• Before leaving the sidewalk, look for the flashing red lights.
• Never go near or under the bus to retrieve something you’ve dropped.
Safety tips for parents:
• Have your child ride the school bus to and from school instead of driving or riding with teenage
• Review the safety tips with your child regularly.
• Get to know the parents of other riders. You will learn about the other children who are riding
along with your child.
• Team up with other parents to get involved and monitor bus stops and bus routes. Voice concerns
immediately to your school district.
• Attend “back to school” nights and tour your child’s school bus.
• Get to know your school’s transportation coordinator and your child’s bus driver. He or she is a
trained professional who sees your child every day.
• Keep phone numbers handy in case the bus is delayed or in the event of an emergency.
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