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School Bus Safety

School bus safety is a team effort, needing the cooperation of our students, their parents/guardians and our transportation staff and school personnel all working together. Safety is more than just when on the bus - it extends to behavior at the bus stop and when boarding and exiting the bus. Thanks for helping us keep our students safe! 

Ways parents can help:

  • Review safety rules with your student and help them to understand why each rule is important.
  • Dress children in light color clothing or jackets on dark mornings.
  • Help children to be ready and at the bus stop before the bus arrives.
  • Take turns supervising bus stops when there are younger students.
  • Tell your student about the danger zone around the bus and encourage them to stay at their "point of safety" (safe spot away from the bus) before boarding or exiting the bus.
  • Be certain your student understands where their designated point of safety is. Upon arrival, enforce that they wait at the point of safety until the driver has signaled them to approach the bus. When exiting the bus, students must also go immediately to the point of safety and stay there until the bus pulls away. 
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Did you know?

  • A school bus typically weighs about 25,000 pounds and is between 30-40 feet long.
  • The two most dangerous places are directly in front of the bus and the right rear tire area. Both areas provide the bus driver limited visibility of students because of the size of the vehicle.
  • Over 90% of all bus injuries and death happen outside of the bus within a 10 foot diameter of the bus called the “danger zone.”
  • The “point of safety” is crucial as it helps ensure the safety of the students. It is a point away from the bus where the driver can see the child before boarding and after debarking.