School Bus Safety

School bus travel is extremely safe. In Ontario, over 800,000 students are transported daily in school buses that travel 1.9 million kilometres every school day.  Although injuries to school bus passengers are rare, they most often happen outside the bus as students are boarding and leaving the bus or crossing the street.

Remember these tips from Transport Canada:

•Be at the school bus stop on time.
•Wait in a safe place well back from the edge of the road.
•Do not play in ditches or on snowbanks.
•Enter the bus in single file holding the hand rail.
•Find a seat right away and stay seated facing forward at all times.
•Do not place things in the aisle.
•Avoid rowdy behaviour. Do not throw things or eat or drink.
•Keep your arms and head inside the bus.
•Never distract the bus driver. Always follow his or her instructions.
•When you leave the bus, move away from the side. If you can touch the bus, you are too close.
•If you drop something near the bus, never try to pick it up because its quite likely the bus driver can't see you. Ask an adult or the driver to help.

When crossing the street to get on or off the bus:
•Walk at least 10 big steps in front of the bus, along the side of the road, and look at the driver for a signal before crossing.
•Look all ways before crossing the road.
•Walk, never run, to where your parent or caregiver is waiting for you on the side of the road where the bus stops.


Do's and Don'ts of School Bus Safety:

Do make sure the driver can always see you
Do stay back from the road and wait quietly in line
Do stay back until the bus stops, its lights start flashing, the door opens
Do enter the bus single file

Don't push or shove
Don't run into the street
Don't throw things
Don't stop to pick up anything that drops while you are crossing in front of the bus
Don't yell and shout
Don't bring your pet on the bus

A good safety tip is to make sure that your child is wearing something that is reflective if it is dark when they get on or off the bus. That way, the motorists will always see your children. Another good tip is that your child should always know a couple of safe places to go if they are in trouble or need help. Be smart and be safe!


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