School Bus Safety Tips

  • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
  • Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
  • When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
  • Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
  • Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
  • Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!


Please take some time to speak to your students/children about the following school bus rules:

  • Be on time
  • Never run to or from the bus
  • Stand back from the curb or roadway
  • Do not push or shove
  • Stay in your seat
  • Do not yell or shout
  • Always obey the driver
  • Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus

The Danger Zone

The Danger Zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children should stay ten feet away from the bus (or as far away as they can) and never move or stand behind it. They should take five giant steps in front of the bus before crossing so they can be seen by the driver.


To learn more about how school buses benefit our lives, check out these downloadable resources:

How The School Bus Benefits Communities, The American School Bus Council
(Adobe Acrobat PDF file, 1.4 MB)

School Bus Milestones, The American School Bus Council
(Adobe Acrobat PDF file, 1.4 MB)