Things you can go over with your child to ensure that they have a positive experience riding the school bus.
* Walk to the bus using a sidewalk if there is one. If no sidewalk is present, walk on the opposite side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
* Wait for the bus at the designated stop. Don't wander away.
* Do not go into the street while waiting for the bus to arrive.
* Do not roughhouse or run around with friends while waiting for the bus to arrive.
* Wait for the bus a safe distance away from the street until the bus stops and opens the door.
* Walk one-by-one onto the bus. Do not push or crowd the doorway.
* Once on the bus, quickly find a seat and sit down.
* If there is a seat belt, fasten it. (Children should be familiar with how to latch a seat belt.)
* Do not put your head, arms or anything else out of the bus window.
* Keep the bus aisle clear of backpacks or other items.
* Keep voices down so not to distract the driver.
* Listen to the driver.
* Do not throw things on the bus.
* Unbuckle your seat belt only when the bus has stopped at the school (or your stop at home) and the door is open.
* Exit the bus slowly and do not push.
* If you must cross the street when exiting the bus, do so in front of the bus so the driver can see you.
Parents can go over these rules again and again. On the first day of school, some parents prefer to let their children ride the bus to school and then the parents meet the children at the school to watch the boys and girls exit. This also reassures the children that they are safe riding the bus.