Most injuries and deaths involving school buses occur outside the bus and by own bus.
Even though there are mirrors, the driver can't see people close to the bus. Because the bus is so big, car drivers can't see them either. Anyone inside the 'danger zone' is in great danger! Do your part to make sure everyone gets on safely:
- Always stay out of the school bus danger zones. Line up when you see the bus coming. Wait your turn to board the bus. Stand back at least 15 feet to give the bus room to pull over. The tires are the most dangerous part of the bus. Never play near the bus.
- Use the "ten foot rule" if you have to cross the street when getting on or off the bus. Always cross far enough in front of the bus so that you can see the driver's face. Do not cross until the bus driver signals you it is safe. Always look carefully both ways yourself when you have reached the middle of the street. Never return for something you have dropped in the street...get the bus driver's or some other adult's attention. They will help you. And if the bus driver honks the horn while you are crossing, go back to the "safe curb" (the curb you started from) at once. A car could be speeding towards you...remember, not all cars stop for the buses' flashing lights!
- Always stay in your seat on the bus, unless you are getting off the bus and the bus is fully stopped. Most injuries on a bus are the result of children not being properly seated. Do not sit on your books or your knees.
Do not sit with your legs out into the aisle. If the bus has to stop fast, you could be seriously hurt.
- Know how to evacuate the bus in an emergency. Your bus driver will explain this to you. Listen closely. In an accident or a fire, you could have to get off the bus quickly, without panicking.
Bus safety is a team effort of bus driver, student, the motoring public, and the parents. If you have bus safety concerns, call the district transportation office at 528-4445.