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Back to School Safety: Lessons on Bus Safety for
Everyone to Learn
As the hot
days of summer come to an end, it is time again for the hustle and bustle of a
new school year. With everything that needs to be done, getting kids to school
safely may be overlooked. More than 53 million children in the U.S. spend almost
one-fourth of their total waking hours in school or on school property and
transporting children to and from school safely is a priority.
About 23.5 million students ride school buses daily. Although this is one of the
safest ways to travel to and from school, injuries do occur. Each year, 30
children ages 14 and under are killed in school bus-related incidents and an
estimated 6,000 children are injured. More than half of the children killed are
While the use of seat belts has been proven vital for children's protection in
passenger vehicles, school buses rely on a passive restraint system called
"compartmentalization." This restraint system protects children through closely
spaced, well-anchored vehicle seats that have high backs designed to absorb the
energy of a crash for properly seated occupants. In addition, the sheer size of
school buses offers further protection.
Many injuries happen when children are boarding or exiting the bus. A blind spot
extends approximately 10 feet in front of the bus, obstructing the driver's
view. Children are not aware of this blind spot and might mistakenly believe
that if they can see the bus, the bus driver can see them.
Waiting for the Bus -- Arrive at the stop at least five minutes before the bus
arrives. -- Stay out of the street and avoid horseplay. -- Cross the street at
least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus. Boarding and Leaving the
Bus -- Walk in a single-file line when boarding or leaving the bus. -- Use the
handrail to avoid falls. -- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before
exiting. -- Exit from the front of the bus. -- Always wait for parents on the
same side of the street as the school bus loading/unloading zone. -- Be aware of
the driver's blind spot (10 feet in front of the bus) when walking away from the
bus. -- Remove loose drawstrings or ties on jackets and sweatshirts, and replace
with Velcro, snaps or buttons. Loose drawstrings or book bags can snag on bus
handrails. -- Always ask the bus driver for help if anything is dropped while
entering or exiting the bus. Sitting on the Bus -- Remain seated at all times
and keep the aisles clear. -- Do not throw objects. -- Do not shout or distract
the driver unnecessarily. -- Keep heads and arms inside the bus at all times.