The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.
Students who ride the bus should get to the bus stop early and stand back from the curb. Other safety steps include:
- Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.
- Tell children they should only board their bus - never an alternate one.
- Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
- Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.
- Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.
Other drivers need to be aware of school buses and keep in mind what the bus signals means. Yellow flashing lights indicate a bus is getting ready to stop, so other drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped so children can get on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop and wait until the lights go off and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.
Students who ride their bikes to school should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.
Children who walk to school should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards. Parents should consider walking young children to school or arrange for kids to walk with a friend.
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As you get your kids ready to return to school, you'll also want to review safety reminders.