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Bus Stop Safety

The diagram below illustrates how students should load and unload the bus to keep them out of high risk situations.
Bus stop rules for loading and unloading.
  • Loading
    • Stay at least 15 feet off of the roadway while waiting for the bus.
    • Stay at least 15 feet from the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
    • Make sure the driver sees you before moving toward the bus.
    • Wait for the drivers signal to cross the road. 
    • Look both way before crossing the road, even if the driver signals you to cross. 
    • Cross the road quickly, but do not run.
    • Stay at least 15 feet from the front of the bus while crossing.
    • Walk perpendicular (90°) to the bus doors. This keeps you in clear view of the driver.
    • Find your seat quickly, so the bus can continue on to its next stop. 
  • Unloading
    • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
    • Exit the bus in an orderly fashion.
    • Walk straight away from the bus at least 15 feet before turning to walk parallel to the bus.
    • Wait for the driver to signal you to cross before entering the roadway.
    • Cross 15 feet in front of the bus.
    • Stop at the center line and look both ways to ensure there is no traffic.
    • Cross the road quickly, but do not run.
    •  If you are at a group stop, stay in the designated unloading zone until the bus has left the stop. 
  • Illuminate your bus stop. Use reflective tape or signage to illuminate your bus stop to make it more visible to the driver in low light situations. 
  • Communicate with your driver and/or the transportation department if your student has specific days they will not be riding the bus. 
  • Talk to your child about bus safety.