School Bus Safety


Almost all children today ride a school bus at one time or another. Some ride back and forth to school each day. Some ride only occasionally on field trips. It is important, therefore, that all children learn about safe school bus behaviours.

Danger Zones Around a Stopped School Bus

Most school bus incidents occur when children disembark from the bus and disappear from the driver's view.

The most dangerous area for children is the School Bus Danger Zone that extends 10 feet from the bus in all directions. When leaving the bus, children should walk 10 feet away from the bus before turning.

Children crossing in front of the bus should move forward away from the bus until they can make eye contact with the driver. They should never cross without the driver's permission.

Children should never approach the right rear of the bus. Small or stooping children cannot be seen by the bus driver.