The school bus is a little different from a car because in
addition to being a careful passenger, you need to think about how to get on
and off the bus safely. Whether you ride the bus to school every day or just to
field trips or band concerts once in a while, it's important to follow these
When you see the bus driving up, everyone waiting should get
into a line. The line should start about five giant steps (or around 10 feet,
or 3 meters) from the curb and go back from the street, rather than down the
side of the street.
Wait until the bus stops and the driver opens the door and
says it's OK to step onto the bus. This is important! The driver is the only
one who can really see all the traffic out on the road and make sure that it's
safe for you to get on the bus. (If you must cross the street to board the bus,
be sure to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the driver to
flash the red lights.)
Once aboard, be sure to listen to the driver's instructions,
and even if you're in a hurry to grab a seat with your friends, don't rush and
Play it cool when you're on the bus: No jumping, running
around, or throwing things. This can make it hard for the driver to
concentrate, and kids might get hurt.
So, a short bus ride later, you arrive at your band concert
and you can't wait to blow that tuba! Not so fast — you have to pay attention
as you're getting off the bus, too. When you step down, hold onto the handrail
and be careful that your backpack or book bag doesn't get caught on the rail or
in the door.
After you exit the bus, never walk behind it. If you have to
walk in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk next to the bus for at least 10
feet (3 meters), make sure that the driver sees you, then cross. If you drop
something as you cross the street, don't ever bend down to pick it up — the bus
driver might not see you. Instead, tell the driver you dropped something.
See how easy it is to be a safe passenger? Following these
simple rules means you'll be more protected during a car or bus trip — and get on the road!
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph,
Copied from the “KIDS HEALTH” webpage