Bus Safety

Each school day, more than 824,000 students travel in about 18,000 school vehicles (Source: ORSAR 2011). This includes students who are bused from rural areas, from before- and after-school care programs, students who attend schools out of their area for specialized programs (such as French immersion), as well as those on school buses for field trips or sporting events.

Danger Zones

  • The Danger Zones are where the driver of the school bus cannot see pedestrians
  • Students should be aware of where the Danger Zones around the school bus are
  • Pedestrians should not enter the Danger Zones unless the driver has given permission

Crossing the street and getting on the bus

Crossing the street

  • Wait for the bus at a safe place away from the road.
  • If possible, have an adult help you cross the road.
  • Wait for the driver’s signal before you start to cross.
  • Look and listen both ways to be sure it is safe before crossing.
  • Walk, never run across the street.

Getting on the Bus

  • Stand back from the edge of the road in a safe location and don’t play in ditches or snow banks.
  • Wait for the bus to stop before approaching to get on.
  • If you can touch the bus, you are too close.
  • Your driver will tell you when to get on.
  • Walk up the steps, one at a time, using the hand rail.
  • Never push or shove.
  • If you drop something near the bus, ask an adult to pick it up; the bus driver may not be able to see you.
  • Sit facing the driver with your feet in front of you. Never stand up when the bus is moving.
  • Keep the aisle clear at all times.
  • Listen to and obey your school bus driver.
  • Stay out of the Danger Zone at all times!

Getting off the bus and crossing the street

Getting off the bus

  • Use the handrail.
  • Do not push or shove.
  • When exiting the bus, move ten big steps away – you should not be able to touch it.

Crossing the street

  • If you must cross the road after getting off the bus, be sure you can see the driver and the driver can see you.
  • Watch for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross.
  • Stop when you reach the edge of the bus.
  • Look and listen both ways to be sure it is safe before you cross.
  • If you drop something near the bus, ask an adult to pick it up; the bus driver may not be able to see you.
  • Walk, never run across the street.
  • Never go behind the bus.

Related Lesson Plans: K-3 Lesson 3: Passenger Performance