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School Bus Safety

School bus transportation is a crucial role in the education of our nation’s students, and these vehicles are trusted to safely transport children to and from school or activities. To better promote school bus safety, October 21-25, 2019 is being designated as National School Bus Safety Week. This week is a prime way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, and school administrators to address the importance of and encourage safe school bus behavior. This year, the theme for School Bus Safety Week reads: “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” which points to the fact that even children ride school buses expecting to be transported in a safe manner.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation provides some bus stop safety tips for appropriate school bus behavior including while children are getting ready for school, walking to the bus stop, at the bus stop, and getting on or off the bus. Parents should remind children to place all their belongings in their backpack, wear bright colors to be more easily seen, and make it a priority to leave the home on time to not be rushed. When walking to the bus stop: young children should always be accompanied by an adult or others should walk in groups, practice good pedestrian behavior by walking on the sidewalk, and look left and right when crossing the street.

Additionally, at the bus stop, children should wait in a location where they are visible to the bus driver and should refrain from playing in the street. Children should be reminded to look in both directions before exiting the school bus and to always follow the driver’s instructions. While children are on the school bus, the should be reminded to follow the school district’s policy and procedures, including not using mobile devices, so they do not become a distraction for the driver. Supplementary school bus safety tips for parents and children include:

  • Standing at an appropriate distance from the roadside curb at bus stops
  • Waiting until the school bus is completely stopped before boarding or exiting
  • Always walk in front of the school bus and never behind
  • Reminding children of how important it is to behave appropriately on school buses

Teaching your children and reminding them of proper school bus safety helps to ensure that they are protected from harm. However, even while children and parents are being cautious around school buses and stops, dangerous situations still have a chance of happening, which may result in emotional and physical damage. If you or a loved one have suffered harm or an injury due to the negligence of another party regarding a school bus, zone or stop, our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are prepared to fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to further discuss your legal options.