For 23 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus.
Before children go back to school or start school for the first time, it is essential that adults and children know traffic safety rules.
When the bus approaches, stand at least 15 feet away from the curb, and line up away from the street. Avoid distractions, and be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes ahead of your walk path. Be extra careful by checking for cars before crossing the street.
Use the handrails to avoid falls. Don't run up the steps. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors. As soon as you exit, walk away from the bus at least 10 giant steps. This way, the driver can see you and make sure all students are clear of the bus and in a safe area when they pull away.