School Bus Safety


School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the state of Pennsylvania and according to the National School Transportation Association a student is nearly 2,000 times safer in a school bus than in the family car. Accidents are uncommon because the school districts and the school bus contractors who serve them work hard to train drivers to avoid accidents and potentially dangerous situations. Listed below are some safety tips for students, parents and motorists that you should keep in mind.


ü A student should never approach the school bus until the bus has come to a complete stop, warning lights have been activated and the bus door has been opened.

ü When a student exits the school bus he/she should take five steps away from the school bus.

ü If a student must cross the street after he/she exits the school bus, always cross 12 feet in front of the bus and stay in full view of the bus driver.

ü Never bend over in front of the school bus and never attempt to return to the school bus for lost or forgotten items.


ü Assure your children that you will not be unhappy with them if they forget their coat or backpack on the school bus. Most accidents involving school buses and students occur when a student attempts to return to a school bus for a forgotten item.

ü Encourage your children to sit quietly in his/her seat and follow all of bus driver’s instructions.


ü Always obey all traffic laws involving school buses, such as stopping when the bus’s warning lights are flashing.

ü Be aware of what time of day it is. School buses are traditionally on the road between 6:30am to 8:30am in the morning and 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the afternoon.

ü Remember to share the road with school buses because the safety of our children is at risk if you do not.