Back to school safety tips for children from the team

Getting on the Bus

  • Be at the bus stop on time (arrive 5 min early), stay out of the street when waiting for the bus at a designated stop and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before trying to board
  • Always remain in clear view of the driver and be aware of the danger zone. The danger zone is where the driver has no visibility and any area where you are close enough to touch the bus, so stay out of this zone. As a safety measure stay 12 feet (about 7-8 big steps) away from the bus unless you are entering or exiting the bus
  • Always look both ways if crossing the street to get to the bus
  • Hold the handrails when boarding and don’t push or shove other children
  • Go back home for help if you miss the bus and ask your parents to take you to the school. Never run after the bus or walk to another stop

Traveling on the Bus

  • Quickly take a seat, sit properly, face forward and hold bags/parcels in your lap to avoid having someone trip over them in the aisle
  • Keep arms, head and all items inside of the bus at all times
  • Talk quietly. Children are not allowed to walk around in the bus
  • Save your snacks for school or home to avoid making a mess and/or choking on food should the bus come to a sudden stop/go over a bump
  • No fighting, pushing or shoving in the bus
  • Be courteous and respectful of the bus driver and always say thank you when exiting the bus

Leaving the Bus

  • Hold the handrails when exiting
  • If you drop something near the bus don’t try to pick it up, always tell an adult or the bus driver first
  • Do not push, file out of the bus in single file with children in the front of the bus first
  • If you are going to cross the street in front of the bus walk at least three meters (10 giant steps) ahead and then only cross when the driver indicates it’s okay

Traveling by bicycle

Children must be mature enough (9-12 years old) and have enough bicycle experience to ride a bike to and from school. Some key rules to follow:

  • Wear a proper helmet and suitable clothes (e.g. pants tucked in)
  • Have properly fitted and maintained bikes
  • Know and obey all traffic rules, signs and signals
  • Be predictable to other users by riding with the traffic and clearly making eye-contact with drivers when you intend to cross etc
  • Never ride in the dark
  • Bike with a friend, there is always safety in numbers
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones or headphones

Walking to school

  • Find a safe, direct route to school with the help of an adult
  • Stay on the sidewalk at all times
  • Cross streets only on crosswalks and always look left, then right and left again before crossing
  • Wait for all traffic to come to a complete stop before crossing
  • Walk with a friend, there is always safety in numbers
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones or headphones

Prevention and following these safety tips is key in avoiding accidents. Together we can build a safer community and make sure everyone is safe on the road.

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