Waiting for the Bus
Bus safety begins before you even get on the bus, before you even leave the house! Be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather; wearing the proper clothes, shoes, and jacket. Also be sure their backpack is not too heavy, that all compartments are fully zipped, and be sure no straps are dragging too low. You should try to be outside for the bus at least 5 minutes before it arrives so that you’re not rushing out the door. Giving yourself extra time will allow you and your child to be aware of the weather and your surroundings. Younger children should be supervised at all times. Students should be taught to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before they step out to board. Be sure they look both ways before stepping out and keep in mind driver visibility is limited in certain areas, so always keep a mindful eye on your child as they board.
Riding the Bus
Talk about riding the bus with your child, and the responsibility it involves. All children must listen to all instructions from the bus driver and be respectful and remain seated at all times. Teach your child to respect and appreciate their bus driver. Having your child in the routine of thanking the bus driver daily for the rides is a great way to show your appreciation. Riding the bus is a privilege that can be revoked at any time.