OK... the kids are all back in school. School supplies and school uniforms have been purchased, extra-curricular activity fees are paid and other bases are covered. What you perhaps didn't put on your check-list was instructing your child, especially the smaller ones, on the do's and don'ts about their school bus. I got this e-mail from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office today on bus safety tips and thought I'd blog them just in case someone can use them.
Safety Tips While Waiting, Riding, or Exiting the Bus
1. Hurrying to get on or off the bus. Teach your children to take their time.
2. Make sure your child has no clothing that has loose drawstrings. Backpack straps should be short so they do not get caught on hand rails or bus doors.
3. Supervise your children to make sure they get to the bus stop safely and are waiting far away from the roadway.
4. Teach your child never to stop and pick something up while the bus is in motion, first notify the bus driver.
5. Children should stay 10 feet away from the bus or as far as possible.
- Never walk behind the bus
-Board the bus single file
-These are areas where children are in the most danger.
6. Teach children when exiting the bus, before stepping off to look to make sure no cars are coming.
7. Look Left-Right-Left when coming to the edge of the bus. Cars are supposed to stop, make sure they do!!
8. Before crossing the street in front of the bus take five giant in front of the bus or until you can see the driver’s face.
Let me know if these tips are a help to you.