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As we get back into the swing of another school year, let’s pause a moment to remind ourselves of a few basic school bus safety rules.
You must never pass a bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm out. Not only is it illegal (you can be assessed 6 points on your license), it’s also extremely dangerous. There are children present around the bus and quite possibly crossing the road.
Students are safest when they are at their scheduled bus stop 5 minutes ahead of time standing 10’ back from the road. Those who run up to their approaching bus or who stand too close to the road are in grave danger of being struck by a passing vehicle or even their own bus.
Students may approach their bus only when the driver signals that it is safe after the bus is secure with the parking brake set, stop arm out, and traffic is stopped. You can hear the “pwissshh” of air when the brake is set.
Parents, never follow after a missed bus in your personal vehicle and then let your child run up beside it. Darkness, rain or even the glare of sunlight or your headlights may prevent the bus driver from seeing your child, causing your child to be struck by the bus.
Once on the bus a student should remain seated facing forward. The seats are designed to protect them in a crash, but only if they’re seated facing forward. They shouldn’t get up to leave until they hear the parking brake is set again.
Students are not to eat, drink or chew gum on the bus since they may choke as the bus sways, bumps and turns. We’re not worried about the mess, it’s the choking we want to prevent.
Remember, yield to all buses loading and unloading students either on our streets and roads or on school grounds. Our children are on and around those buses.
Thank you for joining with us in keeping our students safe.
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