Back to School: Bus stop safety for students getting on and off the bus

DAYTON — Today it’s back to school for students in Jefferson Township Public Schools and for all students, safety is a top priority especially when you get on and off the bus.

News Center 7′s John Bedell reports on bus safety tips students need to know.

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There are a few districts already back to school and most are going back next week.

John has seven easy things to do to stay safe while waiting for the bus:

  1. Get to the bus stop at least five minutes the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  2. When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
  3. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping on to the bus.
  4. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  5. When exiting the bus, watch out that your clothes or backpacks don’t get caught on the door or handrails.
  6. Never walk behind the bus instead walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  7. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

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As for drivers, John says yellow flashing lights mean the bus is about to stop for kids to get on or off.

Red flashing lights and extended, “STOP,” arms mean the kids are getting on or off and by law you must stop and wait.

All good reminders to keep everyone safe.