When school is in session, everyone should pay attention to school bus safety, both on and around the bus. Greensboro police recommend these safety tips:
- Always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop, never run. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, facing traffic.
- Do not run and play while waiting for the bus.
- Hold the handrail while going up and down the bus stairs.
- When entering the bus, go directly to a seat. Remain seated and face forward during the entire ride.
- Keep the aisles clear at all times. Feet should be directly in front of you with book bags kept in your lap.
- Do not play with or block the emergency exits. In case of emergency, listen carefully to all instructions given by the driver.
- Keep your hands to yourself at all times. Fighting and picking on others creates a dangerous ride.
- Never throw things on the bus or out of the bus windows.
- Walk in front of the bus, never walk behind it, to cross the street.
- Be aware of the “Danger Zone.” Always remain at least 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the “Danger Zone” and where the bus driver can see you.
- Review the safety tips with your child regularly.
- Get to know your child’s bus driver.
- Do not get on the school bus without the bus driver’s permission. Willfully trespassing upon, damaging, or impeding the progress of a public school bus is against the law.
- If you have a concern about your child’s safety, contact the school immediately. Do not attempt to resolve the issues on your own. If the school cannot resolve the issue, contact one of the regional offices.
- If you have an issue with bullying, anonymously report it.