• School Bus Safety and Me

    Information taken from the "School Bus Safety and Me" Brochure

    Commonwealth of Virginia

    Department of Education

    Pupil Transportation Services

    101 North 14th Street

    Richmond, Virginia 23219


    P revention is the best solution to the issue of school bus safety.

    K ids are not the only ones who need to know the rules of school bus safety.

    P arents and motorists must be aware of the school bus safety tules while children are waiting at the bus stop or loading and unloading.

    L earning the "flashing light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists is the first stop in helping all children get to school safely.

    Y ellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.  Slow down and prepare to stop.

    Red flashing lisths and extended stop arm indicate the bus has stopped and children are loading or unloading.  You must stop and remain stopped unless otherwise stated by law.


    Walk to the Bus Stop

    Walk on the sidewalk.  If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.

    Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

    If you are late, NEVER run to catch a moving bus.

    While at the bus stop, wait in a safe place away from the road.

    Do not run and play while waiting.

    When the bus arrives, stay away from the Danger Zones.

    Make sure the bus is stopped and the red school bus warning lights are flashing and the stop and crossing arms are extended before getting on the bus.

    When entering the bus, hold the handrail.  Watch out for dangling pieces of clothing, drawstrings on hoods or backpack straps that could get caught on the handrail.

    When riding the bus, take your seat quickly and remain seated when the bus is moving.



    Make children stay at least 10 feet away from the bus until the driver says it's okay to enter.  Children will then be able to see the driver and the driver can see them.

    If children must cross the street to the bus, remind them to wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross.  Students should cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

    Warn children that if they drop something, they should tell the driver and follow the driver's instrucgtions.  If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the bus pulls away.

    Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

    Remind children to respect the property of others while waiting for the bus.

    Help your child learn the rules and make school bus safety a success.


    The Danger Zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children cannot be seen by the bus driver and are in the most danger of being struck by the bus.

    FRONT DANGER ZONE - The area which extends ten feet in front of the bus.

    SIDE DANGER ZONE - The area which extends ten feet on each side of the bus.

    REAR DANGER ZONE - The area which extends ten feet behind the bus.

    If you can touch the bus you are TOO CLOSE!!!!!



    Do you know the Rules for Motorists?

    The vehicles circled must


    When approaching a school bus with flasing signals or flashing signals and an extended stop sign on a public or private road, you must stop and remain stopped until all children are clear of the roadway and the bus moves again.

    You must also stop if the bus is loading or unloading children and the signal devices are not functioning properly.


    You do not have to stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction on roadways separated by a physical barrier or unpaved median area.