Safety Tips for Children, Student Riders, and Parents

Parents: You should discuss transportation conduct and safety rules with your children and share the safety tips below.

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
  • When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb, and wait away from the street
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay, before stepping onto the bus
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (ten feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falling. Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors
  • Never walk behind the bus
  • After you get off the bus, walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you
  • Students can only board and disembark at their designated stop

Important safety tips for children to learn and remember

  • Check before you step
  • I see the driver, the driver sees me
  • Wait for the driver's signal to cross
  • Look left, right, and left again
  • Use a backpack or bookbag to avoid dropping things
  • Horn means danger

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1. Violation Contact Information
2. How will School Districts in Suffolk County Benefit from the Safety Program?
3. Participating School Districts
4. Who Are Stop-Arm Violation Tickets Issued to, and How Much Will They Cost Violators?
5. How Does It Work?  
6. How Can I Learn More?
7. Safety Tips for Children, Student Riders, and Parents
8. How to Behave Around School Buses in NY