Can your child pass a school bus safety test?

With early work and school start times, parents and students rush through fall mornings. For many busy families, the school bus makes these mornings go much more smoothly, and your child is 70% more likely to arrive safely on the bus than if you were to drive them yourself.

But does your child know the rules of school bus safety?

How far should children wait from the curb?

Children should wait at least five feet from the curb until the school bus comes to a complete stop. Traffic is busy even on neighborhood roads on weekday mornings, and it’s best not to take any chances.

What is the proper way to board the bus?

Children shouldn’t cross the road behind the bus—ever. If they need to cross the street to get to the door of the bus, they should do so in front of the bus while looking both ways for cars and after making eye contact with the bus driver.

What is the best way to exit the bus?

After the bus has come to a complete stop, children may exit the bus. They may then either enter the school or the nearest crosswalk in order to get to school grounds. Older children should take the lead here, looking left and right before crossing.

Be sure to share this pop quiz with the bus-rider in your home.

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