Safety Tips for Students/Parents
Riding the Bus / Van
School bus / van transportation is safe. In fact, buses or vans are safer than cars! Even so, every year, thousands of students are injured and some killed in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn’t occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus / van, away from traffic and the street. Stay away from the bus / van until it comes to complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus / van. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus / van driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus / van.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus / van.
- Be aware the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses / vans, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out when going to and away from the bus or van!
Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don’t ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decision- making situations and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:
- Mind all traffic signals and /or the crossing guard – never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming.
- Walk your bike through intersections and use the cross walk.
- Walk with a buddy or parents.
- Wear reflective material&helip;it makes you more visible to street traffic.
Riding in a Car
- Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers has in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
- You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
- Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.
Parents, please do not park in areas designated for “School Buses only”.