“How can I keep my kids safe at school?” It’s a question all of us parents ask ourselves as our kids get ready to go back to school. And if your kids ride the bus to school, we’re sure you are constantly asking yourself, “How do I help my kids be safe on a school bus?”.
If you read yesterday’s post, then you know we are in full back to school mode here at Para. The majority of us Para team members are parents of young children ourselves. So we are taking the next couple weeks before school starts to help get our kids ready for the new school year. And bus safety is one of those things we will definitely be reviewing. Buses can be one of the safest ways for kids to get to and from school. But that doesn’t mean buses are completely risk-free either. So to help all you parents of bus riding children confidently answer your question of how to help your kids be safe on a school bus, here are 11 important bus safety rules for you to teach your kids before they go back to school.
11 Important Bus Safety Rules
There are lots of different ways to stay safe while riding a school bus, but this first rule is one of the most important ones for young kids to follow.
Waiting for the Bus
1) No roughhousing
When waiting for the school bus, it can be easy to start playing with friends. However, one thing can quickly lead to another and before your child knows it, kids can start running and pushing. Which could potentially lead to someone tripping and falling into the path of the bus and getting hit, or worse, run over. So make sure your child knows that as they wait for the bus, the should stay calm and patiently wait.
2) Stay away from the curb/street
Accidents can happen so quickly! So to help your child avoid as many school bus related accidents as possible, teach them to stand away from the curb or edge of the street and to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before making their way to the curb and getting on the bus.
3) Use the handrail
School bus steps can be easy to slip on and get hurt. Because of that, make sure your child remembers to hold on to the handrail as they get on and off the bus.
Riding on the Bus
1) Use your inside voice
With so many kids on a school bus, it can be quite easy for the bus driver to become quickly distracted by loud commotions and behaviors inside the school bus. So, teach your child the importance of using their inside voice while they are on the school bus so that they can do their part to help their school bus driver stay focused and alert.
2) Don’t stick any part of your body out the window
All it takes is for the bus driver to accidentally get too close to the edge of the road and potentially causing anyone sticking their head or arm out the window to come into contact with something like a tree, light post, or telephone pole and get seriously hurt.
3) Stay in your seat
Sometimes all it takes for a child to get hurt on the bus is the bus driver pushing on their breaks. So, make sure your child know that the best way to avoid a potential injury on the bus is by sitting in their seat until the bus comes to a complete stop at their school.
Getting off the Bus
1) Look three ways
All kids know to look both ways before they cross a street. But, the best advice you can give your child as they are crossing the street after they get off the school bus, is to cross the street from the end of the bus instead of the front and to look left, right, then left again to make sure no cars are coming and that they don’t accidentally get hit by the bus as they are trying to cross.
2) Make eye contact
Before your child crosses the street, make sure they know to make eye contact with their school bus driver so they can make sure the street is clear and give your child the go-ahead to cross the street.
3) Take big steps off the bus
When your child gets off the school bus, make sure they remember to take 4-5 extra steps out the school bus door to be completely out of the school bus’ danger zone.
4) Watch out for loose items
Almost every kid goes to school wearing a backpack, sweatshirt, or some sort of loose clothing item. As kids are getting on and off the bus, these loose items can easily because stuck in the bus doors. So remember to teach your child to pay extra close attention when they are getting on and off the bus so that their backpack, clothing drawstrings or whatever else, doesn’t get caught as they are trying to get on or off the school bus.
5) Speak up
Sometimes, it is hard for the school bus driver to be aware of and see everything that is happening on the school bus. Which is why it’s important to teach your child to speak up right away if they see or personally experience anything bad happening.
And that’s it! Do your kids ride the bus? If so, we’d love to know what things you are or have taught them to stay safe on their own school bus. So make sure to share in the comments!