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Winter Bus Safety Tips

Winter will be here before we know it!

WINTER School Bus/Walking Safety Tips
Walking to the Bus Stop:
• Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
• Wear bright clothing so the bus/cars can see you in the early morning and late evening.
• Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice. Keep bus stop area clear of snow and ice at all times.
• Dress properly. Winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.
• Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.

Waiting at the Bus Stop:
• Don’t play in the snow while waiting for the bus. Don’t throw snowballs at the bus, cars or anyone else.
• Don’t slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street. You could slide into the street in the path of oncoming traffic.
• Don’t push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.
• Students while riding on the bus should sit down, sit back, put their hands on their lap and use inside voices at all times.
• Students should arrive at the designated bus stop 5-7 minutes prior to bus arrival time. Students should never run after the bus. Plan ahead and allow sufficient time to get to the bus stop. As the weather gets colder, many families will want to wait inside until the bus arrives at the bus stop. Please remember, however, that the bus will not be able to wait for students to run to the bus stop from inside the house, garage, or parked car. This causes the bus to fall behind on the route and it forces all of the other students on the route to have to wait in the cold.
On rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions, mechanical problems, or other traffic on the roadway. Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:
• When possible, wait with your child for the bus.
• Make sure your child knows a phone number where he/she can reach you or another adult.
Teach your child how and where to get help.

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