SKSD puts out school bus safety flyer

The South Kitsap School District has put out a flyer full of safety tips and advice for parents and students regarding basic safety principles when using school district transportation.The flyer includes various tips in several categories, including getting ready for school, walking to the bus stop, waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus and riding the bus.In the first section, "Walking to the Bus Stop," the flier encourages parents to walk young children to the bus stop and to have older children walk in groups."There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see," the flier states.Other tips for getting to bus stops safely include the following:• If you must walk to your bus stop, walk single file, face traffic if possible and stay as far from the edge of the road as you can.• Do not cross the street to get to your bus stop unless there is a crosswalk or the bus has arrived and driver has safely crossed you across the street. When the driver gives you the signal it is safe to cross. Make sure you look left, right and then left again when crossing the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys.• Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.Tips in the "Getting Ready for School" section include the following:• Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won´t drop things along the way.• Have them wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.• Make sure they leave home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive five (5) minutes before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.In the "Waiting at the Bus Stop" section, safety tips include the following:• Don't let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.• Make sure your child stands away from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic.• Have your child respect private and public property where they wait for the bus.In the "Getting On and Off the Bus" section, safety tips include the following:• Warn children that, if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver´s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver.• Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting.• Give your child a note or follow your school's procedures if you would like for the child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned. The driver isn´t allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.• If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.The "Riding the Bus" section states that, "Children should talk quietly, be courteous to all and follow the driver´s instructions."In addition, children should stay seated during the entire bus ride and keep the aisles clear.

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