Today marks the second day of National School Bus Safety Week, October 20–24, 2014, an annual public education event designed to promote school bus safety. This week, school districts across the country will hold events and share important information to educate the public about student safety on and around the school bus.
Educate Children on Safety On the School Bus
Order on the school bus is a big part of ensuring student safety during transportation. Teachers and parents can help prevent accidents and injuries by teaching children the proper behavior for riding the school bus.
Tip 1: Boarding the Bus
When the school bus arrives, students should wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the driver says it is OK before stepping onto the bus.
Tip 2: Follow the School Bus Rules
Every DC school bus operated by OSSE DOT has established school bus rules to ensure student safety on the bus. These school bus rules include:
- No profane language
- No bullying or fighting with others
- No cell phones or loud music
- Students will keep hands and feet inside the bus and remain seated at all times
- No alcohol or tobacco
- No eating or drinking, unless indicated in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Students should not leave the bus prior to their authorized stop
- Students must wear prescribed assistive devices, such as helmets, while on the bus as required by or specified in the IEP.
- Students are not allowed to deface, destroy or damage the school bus or behave in a way that interferes with the safe transportation of other students.
Generally, students should sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted and can concentrate on driving the bus.
Read more about OSSE DOT’s guidelines on the bus in the Transportation Handbook for Parents and Guardians.
Tip 3: Secure Belongings
Before boarding or exiting the school bus, students should make sure all of their belongings (papers, pencils, etc.) are secured in their book bag to ensure that they do not drop anything on, below of or near the bus.
More resources on school bus safety:
“School Bus Safety: Be Prepared, Not Scared” – US Department of Transportation
School Bus Safety Tips – Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
Traffic Safety Toolkit – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration