School Bus SafetyYour Child's Safety is our Main ConcernBremerton School District buses carry approximately 1,900 students to and from school each day and travel over 330,000 miles every year.
What Parents Should Know:
- School buses are the safest form of highway transportation.
- The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the bus.
- Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities.
- The loading and unloading zone is called the "Danger Zone." This refers to the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (twelve feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, twelve feet on either side of the bus where the child may be in the driver's blind spot and the area immediately behind the bus).
Students Riding the Bus Should Always:
- Half of the pedestrian fatalities in school bus-related crashes are children between 5 and 7 years old.
- Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
- Hurry to get on and off the bus.
- Sometimes act before they think and have little experience with traffic.
- Assume motorists will see them and will wait for them to cross the street.
- Don't always stay within the bus driver's sight.
Crossing Students Should:
- Arrive at the bus stop five to ten minutes early.
- Stand at least 5 giant steps (12 feet) away from the edge of the road.
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says it's okay, before stepping onto the bus.
- Look both ways for cars before stepping off of the bus.
What Students Should Know:
- Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus.
- Walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 giant steps ahead of the bus.
- Be sure the bus driver can see them and they can see the bus driver.
- Wait for the driver's signal to cross.
- The bus driver and others cannot see you if you are standing closer than 12 feel to the bus! Be safe and stay out of the danger zone.
- If something falls under or near the bus, tell the driver. NEVER try to pick it up yourself!
- While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
- When you get off the bus, look for the safety lights and make sure that they are flashing.
- Be alert to traffic. When you get on or off the bus, look left, look right and then again before you enter or cross the street.
- When the driver says it is safe to cross the street, remember to always CROSS IN FRONT of the bus!
- Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted.
- Some school buses have seat belts. If you have seat belts on your bus, be sure to learn to use the seat belt correctly.
Last Modified on March 21, 2019