Back to School Bus Safety

Back To School Bus Safety

Bus Safety is the responsibility of our entire community. Kenston Schools follow strict procedures and safety guidelines and all buses and vans are inspected by the Ohio State Highway Patrol before hitting the road. The greatest risk to our children is not riding a bus, believe it or not, children are safer traveling in school buses than in any other type of motor vehicle. However, the greatest risk to children comes while approaching or leaving one.

Before your child goes back to school or starts school for the first time, it’s important for you and your child to know traffic safety rules.

Teach your child to follow these practices to make school bus transportation safer

FOR PARENTS

Safety Starts at the Bus Stop

Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least ten minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Visit the bus stop and show your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child that the bus stop is not a place to run or play.

Get On and Off Safely

When the school bus arrives, your child should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver signals it’s okay before approaching the bus door. Your child should use the handrails to avoid falling.

Use Caution Around the Bus

Your child should never walk behind a school bus. If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, tell him/her to walk along the side of the street to a place at least five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus before crossing. Your child should also make eye contact with the bus driver before crossing to make sure the driver can see him/her. If your child drops something near the school bus, like a ball or book, the safest thing is for your child to tell the bus driver right away. Your child should not try to pick up the item, because the driver might not be able to see him/her.

Safety and Respect

Talk to your child about safety and respect. Riding a bus is a privilege. Be thankful – show appreciation to the bus driver. Remind your children to say thank you when they exit the bus. Be quiet – remember that the bus driver needs quiet in order to safely transport students. Be kind – bullying is not allowed or tolerated.

FOR DRIVERS

Make school bus transportation safer for everyone by following these practices:

  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in Ohio, as well as the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    • Yellow (Amber) 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.
    • DO NOT pass a school bus until the red lights and signals are turned off.
    • ALWAYS stop when traveling in the same direction as the bus.
    • NEVER pass on the right side of the bus. Besides being illegal, this is where children enter and exit.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.