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National School Bus Safety Week

FONDA — The following is for the Montgomery County Public Health Department, according to a news release.

The National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 21 through 25. This year’s theme is “My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation.”

More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep bus safety in the forefront.

Here are tips to keep children safe at the bus stop.

Getting ready for school:

∫ Have children put everything they carry in their backpack so they won’t drop things on their way.

∫ Children should wear bright, contrasting colors so they can be more easily seen by drivers.

∫ Be sure children leave home on time or a least five minutes early, running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.

Walking to the bus stop:

∫ Walk young children to the bus stop or students can walk in groups. Safety is in numbers and the driver can see groups of children easier.

∫ Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street. If children must walk in the street, walk in single file, face traffic and stay close to the edge of the road.

∫ If children must cross the street, stop look left, look right and then left again.

At the bus stop:

∫ Children should wait in a location where the driver can see them when coming to the bus stop, try to avoid waiting in the house or car.

∫ Children should be watching for the bus, no playing ball or with other toys, which includes electronic devices or cell phones which can cause a distraction.

Getting on and off the bus:

∫ Warn children if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow driver’s instructions.

∫ For a parent who meets their child at the bus stop, wait on the same side the bus is dropping them off. This will avoid crossing the street when not necessary.

Also keep in mind, with in nice weather, some children may be walking or riding a bike to school instead of taking the bus. Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and may take risks.

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