Back to School Safety
New school year is starting so remember the rules around School buses.
When to Stop
- Two-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop
- Two-lane with a center turning lane – All traffic from both directions must stop
- Four-lane roadway – All traffic from both directions must stop
- Four-lane roadway with a median – Only traffic following the bus must stop
- Four or more lanes with a center turning lane – Only traffic following the bus must stop
Other tips for school bus riders
- Follow the bus driver’s signals – The school bus driver will signal with their hands when it is safe for the rider to cross the street when boarding and exiting the bus. Buses do have blind spots, so children should watch and wait for the all-clear signal from their driver. Riders should never walk behind a school bus.
- Stand off the road – Children should stand at least 10 feet from the road when waiting for the bus. This keeps children off the road and out of traffic.
- Something is dropped – If a child drops something while walking to the bus, they should not pick it up. They should notify the bus driver and follow the driver’s instructions. The child may not be seen by the driver if they bend down and pick up the object.
- Look before getting on or off the bus – Bus riders should always check that traffic has stopped and their route is clear before crossing the street to board or before getting off the bus. Drivers sometimes try to pass buses, illegally.