4 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read
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A school bus is the most common mode of transportation for students today. And while it is the most common, for it to be the safest it is important for children to learn the basic school bus safety tips so they are protected from unforeseen accidents.
From hygiene to the prevention of any accidents, here are some important tips to consider when it comes to bus safety for kids.
1. School buses have a shared space and a lot of kids enjoy munching on the way. So for hygiene, kids must be given a sanitiser or pack of baby wipes and encouraged to use them especially to clean dirty surfaces and even their hands.
2. Teach your little one to stand at a safe distance from the curb as the bus approaches and then board the bus one at a time.
3. Kids must wait for the school bus to come to a complete halt before getting off and not walk behind the bus.
4. If your child needs to cross the street after getting off the bus, he/ she should take about four-five big steps in front of the bus and then make eye contact with the bus driver. Once the driver indicates it’s safe, kids should only cross then. Before crossing the street kids must look left, right and left again.
5. Parents or caretakers must walk with their young kids to the bus stop and wait with them at the stop until it arrives. Ensure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
6. Teach younger kids to use handrails while boarding and deboarding the bus. Ask them to be careful of any straps or drawstrings that can possibly get caught in the door. Kids should tell the bus driver first if they drop something on the bus and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
7. Drivers should slow down in school zones and near bus stops. They should follow the speed limit and remember to stay alert when kids may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
8. If you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights, you need to slow down. In case it is yellow, it indicates that the bus is either preparing to stop or already stopped and in case it is red, it means children are getting on or off.
9. When it comes to school bus safety, it’s a team of parents, kids and the school authorities that must have a common understanding. Schools may circulate guidelines to the drivers, kids and parents as per their respective roles.
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